London, UK, 26-12-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Rolls-Royce has announced that it will collaborate with Istanbul Technical University to assess the capability and development needs of the Turkish supply chain to deliver the country’s planned fleet of civil nuclear reactors.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed today by Rolls-Royce and Istanbul Technical University witnessed by His Excellency Taner Yildiz, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources. The MoU provides a roadmap for developing a nuclear qualified supply chain capable of delivering equipment and services to the new reactors planned to be built in Turkey. The roadmap will also align R&D strategies with future market requirements to ensure the latest technology is utilised.
Patrick Regis, Rolls-Royce Regional Director, Turkey and Central Asia said: “We are delighted to enter into this important agreement. Working closely with Istanbul Technical University, Rolls-Royce can support the Ministry for Energy and Natural Resources in its plans for a programme of civil nuclear power.
“Istanbul Technical University is recognised for its academic excellence in nuclear technology. A strong partnership between our two world-class organisations can contribute significantly to the development and growth of the nuclear supply chain in Turkey.”
Mr Mehmet Karaca, President, Istanbul Technical University said: “Rolls-Royce is a global company with a wealth of experience in supply chain analysis, engagement and development. We are delighted to partner with them to help Turkish industry to optimise the opportunity that our domestic new build programme will bring in terms of job security and future export potential.”
Rolls-Royce has a significant nuclear skills base and a long-standing presence in a number of key phases of the nuclear programme, including providing advice to governments and operators, supply chain management and manufacturing and technical engineering support.
- Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
- As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 300 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
- Annual underlying revenue was £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £69.2 billion at 30 June 2013, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
- Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
- In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
- Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
- The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
- Rolls-Royce holds around 10% of the Turkish Defence market and is the fourth largest supplier of aero engines to the Turkish Armed forces. It has provided systems and equipment to power over 100 Turkish naval ships as well as the Turkish Naval submarine rescue ship and the rescue and Towing program.
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