Rolls-Royce invests in the future of its Dahlewitz facility

Groundbreaking ceremony, from left to right: Dr. Dirk Geisinger, State Chancellery Fischer und Alastair McIntosh, Member of the Executive Board, Rolls-Royce Deutschland | © Rolls-Royce plc 2018

Architectural design | © Rolls-Royce plc 2018

In the presence of State Secretary Hendrik Fischer of the Brandenburg Ministry of Economics and Energy, and numerous representatives of the federal and state government, regional and industry leaders, and employees, ground was broken today for the new €20 million office building at Dahlewitz.

"Rolls-Royce has played a major role in making the capital region one of the three most important centers for the German aerospace industry. Together with SMEs in the region, universities, and research institutes, flagship companies like Rolls-Royce have created an environment in Brandenburg where ideas are being generated and turned into new products and services," said Hendrik Fischer at the ceremony.

The office building, which is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2019, will have four floors and almost 4,000 m² (43,000 sq. ft.) of floor space. Numerous meeting rooms and about 400 high-quality, ergonomically designed and air-conditioned workplaces with state-of-the-art IT equipment will create the conditions for an agile and pleasant workplace of the future.

Over the past quarter century, the factory in Teltow-Fläming district has produced more than 7,000 engines for small and medium-sized jets. It added engines for the new Airbus A350 wide-body jet to its portfolio in the past year. About 2,800 people now work for Rolls-Royce in Dahlewitz.

In the capital region, almost 18,000 people in more than 100 companies earn their livings in the aerospace industry. In addition, several universities and research institutes in Brandenburg and Berlin focus on aviation technology. Rolls-Royce, for example, is working on various research projects with the Brandenburg Technical University at Cottbus-Senftenberg and has been an important partner from the start for the Clean Sky European research project. "This shows that Rolls-Royce is taking the development of new technologies and production processes into its own hands," said Fischer in his welcoming address.

"The demands for aviation are changing. Reducing emissions, increasing efficiency, alternative engine technologies, digitalization, and intelligent air traffic control are central topics in the industry. This makes it all the more important to be setting the trends in-house to ensure long-term success. And that is exactly what Rolls-Royce is doing in Dahlewitz," Fischer emphasized.

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