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Case Code : ERMT-004
Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : Aero Engines
Countries : UK

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Introduction

Incorporated in 1906 by Henry Royce and Charles Rolls, Rolls Royce offered a broad range of engines for all types of aircraft ranging from business jets to the largest airliners. It had succeeded over the last 15 years in raising its share of the global civil aero engine market from 8 % to 35 %. 55,000 Rolls Royce aero engines were actively in service in 135 countries with 500 airlines, 2,400 corporate and utility operators and more than 100 armed forces. The company was also a leading supplier of marine propulsion equipment.

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Rolls Royce was also strengthening its presence in the energy sector, taking advantage of the deregulation of energy markets and the growing usage of gas as a fuel for generating electricity.

Background Note

Rolls Royce began around 1904 when Henry Royce, who had been building cars for some years, met Charles Rolls who sold quality cars in London. The success of this partnership led to the establishment of the Rolls-Royce Company in 1906.

The company's move into the defence industry was motivated by World War I with the design and production in 1914 of their first aero-engine, 'The Eagle'.

During the next two decades, Rolls Royce set about promoting the gas turbine engine for the civil and military aviation industry. After a series of mergers during the 1960s, the two main players in the UK aero-engine industry were Rolls Royce and Bristol Siddeley. These two companies finally merged in 1966.

Rolls Royce was taken into state ownership in 1973. In 1990, Rolls Royce strengthened its global presence by establishing an aero engine joint venture with BMW (Rolls-Royce took full control of the venture in 2000). In 1995, Rolls Royce strengthened its presence in the strategic American market with the acquisition of the Allison Engine Company...

In 1999, Rolls Royce acquired the US oil and gas company Cooper Rolls, and Cooper Energy Services (who deal with rotating compression equipment) and the repair and overhaul facility of National Automotive in California.

The company also completed the 576 million acquisition of the tank and marine equipment manufacturer, Vickers, in September...

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