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October 2001

Despite recent atrocities in the United States effecting the Global Aerospace sector, MB Aerospace have been awarded a major new contract by Rolls-Royce – Indianapolis for the manufacture of engine spares –

MB Aerospace secures major production contract with Rolls-Royce Corporation Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Confirming their business strategy to become a global supplier to the world’s aerospace industry, MB Aerospace, located in Motherwell Scotland, have recently secured a $15 million three year contact with Rolls-Royce Corporation, located in Indianapolis, Indiana USA, to supply a multi-component package to their Combustion operating business unit.

MB Aerospace had already clearly identified the need to develop overseas markets to further expand their business. Financial assistance from the Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire Market Entry Programme together with product marketing assistance from the Society of British Aerospace Companies provided the ideal platform for their plans.

Rolls-Royce Corporation selected MB Aerospace after an intensive technical and commercial analysis was carried out by their sourcing team. This evaluation was also based on the supplier’s demonstrated ability to develop further manufacturing improvements aimed at cost reductions to the products. Another important element in their selection was the financial security of their parent company, Motherwell Bridge Holdings, who have seen their investments in the Aerospace Industry result in the current turnover in excess of £40 million ($60 million) covering manufacture, design and equipment , Super Plastic Forming Presses and handling equipment.
MB Aerospace have facilities located in Motherwell and Burnley specialising in the precision machining , fabrication and project management of aerospace products.
They have a broad base of clients including Boeing(Silver Supplier),BAE SYSTEMS, Bombardier Shorts,TRW Lucas, Raytheon and Rolls Royce.

In today’s climate of consolidation, with customers wanting to deal with fewer companies within the supply chain, it is important that strong links are forged with the industry’s prime contractors. The awarding of this production contract to MB Aerospace will make them an important supplier in Rolls-Royce Corporation’s global sourcing efforts. MB Aerospace will deliver parts to Rolls-Royce Corporation’s production facility in "kit" form where fabrication and assembly will be carried out. Discussions have commenced regarding possible future linking up with a US supplier of fabricated parts to eventually supply complete component kits direct to the assembly line.

This contract has a very high profile within MB Aerospace and Rolls Royce with an acknowledged will to make it work.
The technical and commercial strengths of both companies will ensure the success of this contract with the view towards future business opportunities.