EIB loan for Rolls-Royce

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 8, 2015 19:34

EIB loan for Rolls-Royce

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has officially agreed to support the research and development of Rolls-Royce aero engines through a £280 million long-term loan. This loan is the largest ever given by the EIB to Rolls-Royce for investment in research and development. The loan supports the development of the higher thrust version of the Trent XWB aero-engine.

The seven-year EIB loan is one of the largest ever agreed between the European Investment Bank and a UK company. The EIB has provided more than £723 million for investment by Rolls-Royce in the UK in the last decade, as well as supporting research and development by the company elsewhere in Europe.

“The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting long-term investment in research and development across Europe and we are pleased to have helped strengthen manufacturing by Rolls-Royce in Derby over many years. Investment to help develop new engines builds on the unique strengths of Rolls-Royce and will help to ensure that cutting edge skills and engineering techniques build better and more efficient engines for the global airline market,” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President.

Since the beginning of this year, the Trent XWB-84 – the world’s most efficient large aero engine – has been powering the Airbus A350 XWB airliner in commercial service. The forthcoming larger version of the aircraft – the A350 XWB-1000 – will employ a different version of the Trent family, the 97,000lb-thrust Trent XWB-97. The engine is currently undergoing a rigorous test regime as it prepares for first flight later this year and subsequent entry into service on the A350-1000 in 2017.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 8, 2015 19:34