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Rolls-Royce at Purdue announces expansion of facilities

On Monday, Purdue announced that Rolls-Royce will expand its facilities in the Purdue Aerospace District

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 9:43 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Aerospace engine manufacture Rolls-Royce is planning an expansion with a new commitment among the university, the Purdue Research Foundation and the company.

On Monday, Purdue announced that Rolls-Royce will expand its facilities in the Purdue Aerospace District. According to a press release, the new test facilities will be used to develop high-altitude and hybrid-electric engines to power the next generation of U.S. military aircraft. Rolls-Royce West Lafayette will be developed through a multimillion-dollar investment from the research foundation, Purdue University and Rolls-Royce North America.

“Purdue is delivering new, one-of-a-kind facilities that are national assets and will further differentiate the university as a state and national leader in securing and defending our country,” President Mitch Daniels said. “With this vital partnership and support from our good friends at Rolls-Royce and others, we continue to expand our role as the economic engine for this region of Indiana and beyond.”

The Rolls-Royce facility already employs hundreds of Purdue engineers, focuses on digital engine controls and conducts advanced technology engine research at Purdue's Zucrow Laboratories in the district.

Tom Bell, chairman and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said, “Rolls-Royce has a proud history of supporting our U.S. military and commercial customers, and this new significant investment will continue to grow our capability to serve our customers. This reflects yet another major investment in Indiana, and we are also planning significant upgrades to test facilities at our Indianapolis manufacturing campus, which has benefited from a recently completed $600 million modernization program to grow advanced manufacturing and technology capability. We thank both local and state governments for their ongoing support.”

Mung Chiang, Purdue’s executive vice president for strategic initiatives and the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, said testing to be conducted by Rolls-Royce will substantially advance national security.

"Today’s announcement is pivotal for two reasons," Chiang said. "It represents the largest single economic development success to our neighborhood with Rolls-Royce colleagues and the largest research collaboration with a private-sector partner. It also advances the excellence at scale by Purdue in creating the epicenter of aerospace engineering R&D in the U.S."

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