A senior executive at Rolls-Royce has outlined the attraction of Sheffield to the engineering giant ahead of the first products emerging from its new advanced blade casting facility in South Yorkshire.
The 150,000 sq ft plant on the Advanced Manufacturing Park will make high technology turbine blades for large civil aero engines and create 150 jobs.
Lawrie Haynes, president of Rolls-Royce’s £6bn marine and nuclear division, told an audience at the Made in Sheffield Awards that local knowledge and presence gave the company “an immense understanding as to where we should invest”.
“We constantly make decisions about where to invest, we make judgements, we’re not a charity, and we make very hard commercial decisions,” Haynes said. “We invest around the world, but most importantly we invest in Sheffield.
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