Rolls Royce – breaking news, engine problem identified

Following our discussion here about the Airbus / Rolls Royce issues, and interesting comments on Jason's post from ex Rolls procurement supremo David Atkinson, we have breaking news from the firm this morning.

Rolls press release is here, and this is the key statement:

These investigations have led Rolls-Royce to draw two key conclusions. First, as previously announced, the issue is specific to the Trent 900. Second, the failure was confined to a specific component in the turbine area of the engine. This caused an oil fire, which led to the release of the intermediate pressure turbine disc.

So is the faulty component manufactured in house or externally sourced, and if so, from whom?  I guess that will become clear, and I suspect we will come back to the issue at that point.

First Voice

  1. David Atkinson:

    I’m fortunate enough to have had a view from the inside and I’m told the problem has absolutely nothing to do with Rolls-Royce’s global sourcing model. Buying ‘dodgy’ bits from China or elsewhere in the Far East is a myth.

    As you would expect, invesitgations are ongoing and all hands are at the pump. There’s more I could add but it’s best not to. Suffice to say that what’s going on there is routine in response to such an incident. There’s no panic and the investigate will be systematic and hard-headed.

    There’s no tabloid headline waiting to be written here.

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