Rolls-Royce officially opened a new assembly line for its Trent XWB engines in Dahlewitz, Germany on June 14, 2017, complementing its main production line in Derby, UK, and marking the first time that complete large civil engines have been assembled in Germany.
The new assembly line will help meet the exceptional demand for Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engines by delivering up to two engines per week by the end of the year. Combining this with the capacity to deliver up to five Trent XWB engines from its main production line in Derby means that Rolls-Royce will be able to deliver one Trent XWB engine per day at peak.
The Trent XWB is large civil aero engine and exclusively powers the Airbus A350 aircraft. With over 1,600 orders to date, it also holds the record of being the fastest selling widebody engine ever.
“The Trent XWB is the cornerstone of an outstanding order book which should see us having Rolls-Royce engines installed on over 50% of wide-bodied passenger aircraft by the mid-2020s,” said Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Aerospace. “Having a strong and resilient supply chain built around world-class operations is essential to delivering the growth in production required over the next few years. Our investment in Dahlewitz will play an important role in ensuring we reach our goals.”
The Dahlewitz site, south of Berlin, was opened in 1993, and today employs around 2,500 employees. Aside from the assembly of Trent XWB engines, the BR700 engine family is also assembled on site, providing propulsion for large business aircraft, as well as the V2500 engine for the Airbus A320 family. Since opening, more than 7,000 engines have been shipped from the site.