Rolls-Royce expands Aerospace research center in Southern California
2013년도에 헌팅턴 비치에 위치한 “Hyper-Therm High-Temperature Composites”사를 인수한 Rolls-Royce 사는 차세대 항공기 엔진 부품 제작을 위한 CMC (Ceramic Matrix Composite) 소재와 공정 개발 및 연구를 전담하기 위한 시설 확장을 위하여 3000만불을 투자하였다. 이러한 설비 투자 확충은 미래 항공기 엔진의 성능을 향상시키기 위한 해결책을 개발하기 위한 것으로 이를 통해서 더 가볍고 강한 복합재료를 개발하여 항공기 엔진의 연료소모를 줄이고 배기가스 및 소음을 획기적으로 낯출수 있는 계기를 마련할 것이라고 Rolls-Royce 사의 회장인 Marion Blakey 가 밝혔다.
Rolls-Royce announced that it is growing its presence in Southern California, with a $30 million expansion into a new facility that will be dedicated to research and development of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials and processes for use in next generation aircraft engine components.
Rolls-Royce purchased Hyper-Therm High-Temperature Composites, a privately held company based in in Huntington Beach, in May 2013 and continues to grow and invest with this new “CMC technology hub” located in in Cypress, California.
Rolls-Royce President and CEO of North America, Marion Blakey said this expansion will develop novel solutions to improve performance of future aircraft 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”.
The facility will develop production-ready manufacturing processes and produce components that will be used for engine test programs. From there, manufacturing processes refined in Cypress facility will be applied to a future dedicated production facility for manufacturing of engine components.
Since Rolls-Royce acquired Hyper-Therm in 2013, it has grown from 15 employees to nearly 50 positions today. The company expects to hire at least 10 more people this year with the potential for forty more positions as production and testing of products increase. In late 2015, Rolls-Royce received tax incentives totaling nearly $735,000 for the purchase of the high precision machinery, from the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority.