Rolls-Royce background study “Rolls-Royceis a global businessproviding integrated power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air” (Rolls-Roycewebsite)
Rolls-Royce is one of the most well-established brands in the world. It is the world’s second-largest producer of aircraft engines (behind American manufacturer General Electric), and the 23rd largest defence contractor. It was founded in 1906 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce as a car and aeroengine company, and split into Rolls-Royce Motors and Rolls-Royce plc in 1973. Today, the business trades in a range of sectors. Their businessactivities, which take place in 50 countries, are split into the following 5 categories: • • • • •
Civil aerospace Defence Aerospace Marine Energy Nuclear
My work experience placement concerns Defence Aerospace, and will be at the communications department at Rolls-Royce site in Filton, Bristol. Rolls-Royceis the world’s second largest provider of defence aero-engine products and services, with 18,000 engines in service for 160customers in 103countries. Our engines power aircraft in all sectors: transport, combat, reconnaissance, training, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Over 3,500people work on the Bristol site across a number of RRbusinesses,including Defence Aerospace, Turbines, Component Services, Marine and Aero Repair and Overhaul. As a trade, aviation has a deep-rooted history in Bristol, and there are a number of other companies centred around the aerospacebusinessnearby, such as the Ministry of Defence building and the Airbus site. The RRname first appeared in Bristol in 1966 when the company took over Bristol Siddeley Engines. Rolls-Royce produce (or have produced) several publications and documents, for both external and internal consumption. Theseinclude: The annual report, The Magazine and World (both magazines), various books aimed at students and engine enthusiasts, a range of brochures and leaflets detailing their engine specifications and several internal newsletters. The Defence communications department deals with both internal and external communications for the whole of the Defence sector in the UK. They are also responsible for producing the Defence weekly news which gets distributed to 4,483 defence employees globally. Key Personnel: (see appendix) JaneTerry (Director of communications) Carrie Snaden Nick Britton Lisa Jones(Graphic design) Roger Scriven (Graphic design)