The Rolls-Royce engine manufacturer settles in Bordeaux, closer to the Dassault Falcon 10X

The 7,000 m2 plot is located in the municipality of Haillan, west of Bordeaux and in the heart of the Bordeaux Aeroparc operation of metropolitan interest which brings together the vast majority of the 300 companies and 26,000 jobs in the aeronautics-space-defense sector in Gironde. Located not far from Dassault Aviation, Thales, Safran or even Sabena facilities, it is above all a few hundred meters from those of Dassault Falcon Service. This is where the British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce PLC, which employs 44,000 people in 49 countries around the world for a turnover of 10.6 billion euros in 2021, obtained a valid construction permit at the end of April for a mechanical . parts storage building for the maintenance of aircraft engines.

An industrial support building.

Discreetly presented on behalf of a real estate company, this document authorizes the construction of a 2,000 m2 building that will house warehouses on the ground floor and offices on the upper floor. Works will begin in the second half of 2022.

The image of the future Rolls-Royce building in Haillan (credits: Cabinet d’architecture GUENE).

Eventually, the site should accommodate, according to our information, around twenty Rolls-Royce employees to work on the prized Pearl 10X engine for both operational readiness and research and development work. In fact, it is the Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X, derived from the current Pearl engine, which was selected in spring 2021 to equip Dassault Aviation’s future business jet, the Falcon 10X, scheduled to enter service by the end of 2025.

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“To prepare for the production of the future Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engine, we are working on the implementation of a support infrastructure on the Dassault production line. The construction of the new production support center in Haillan will start later this year. “. Rolls-Royce confirmed to La Tribune this Monday, June 13.

“The building will be part of our global customer service and support network, which includes more than 75 centers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as several parts and engine storage centers around the world.”

In concrete terms, the twenty employees planned in Bordeaux, in close collaboration with the Dassault Falcon Service teams, will be responsible for the operational preparation of the Pearl 10X engines to facilitate their integration in future commercial aircraft. The latter will have a range of 13,890 km, which will allow it to connect nonstop New York with Shanghai, Los Angeles with Sydney or Paris with Santiago. At 2.03m tall and 2.77m wide, the Falcon 10X will feature the most spacious and comfortable cabin on the market and will be powered by the Pearl 10X’s 18,000lbs of thrust. This engine, which is currently undergoing a series of advanced technical tests, should be compatible with 100% sustainable fuels.

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