Rolls-Royce Opens Expanded Composites Site in California

November 10, 2016

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Rolls-Royce Opens Expanded Composites Site in California
A Rolls-Royce facility in Germany. Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce PLC

Rolls-Royce recently completed a $30 million expansion of its Cypress, CA manufacturing facility to focus on the research and development of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials, the British aerospace and automotive company announced Oct. 27. The new 62,000-sq-ft high-temperature composite production facility will produce components for jet engines.

“The development of lighter, stronger, composite fiber components is just part of our commitment to continuously improve the performance of our products by focusing on lowering fuel consumption, emissions, and noise. The team here in Cypress will be dedicated to seeing the commercial application of these technologies that will soon be adopted into advanced manufacturing production methods for gas turbine components,” said Rolls-Royce North America president and chief executive officer Marion Blakey said in a statement.

In May 2013, the company purchased Hyper-Therm High-Temperature Composites headquartered in Huntington Beach, CA to expand its foothold in advanced composites.

Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are high-strength materials used in a variety of applications, including engine parts. They are ideal for aerospace applications, the company said, because of their light weight, durability, and resilience to heat.

“The turbine sits at the heart of the engine. I am very excited about several technologies we are developing across Rolls-Royce that will continue to a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Our HTC team in California is part of a global team working on high temperature composites,” said Andy Greasley, executive vice president of Rolls-Royce’s Turbines and Civil Aerospace unit.

Rolls-Royce said that manufacturing processes honed at the Cypress site will eventually be implemented at a new production facility specifically dedicated to the production of engine components.

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