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Rolls Royce founder to be honoured in Derby

One of the founders of Rolls Royce is due to be honoured in Derby today.

Statue of Sir Henry Royce outside the plant in Derby Credit: Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Sir Henry Royce will have a room named after him within Derby City Council House, which will be opened today by the Mayor of Derby and Rolls Royce Chief Executive, John Rishton.

Part of the celebration will include the unveiling of a sculpture of the company’s 1000th RB211-535 engine and a portrait of Sir Henry Royce.

Rolls Royce fined for worker's permanent injuries

Turbine blades at the Rolls Royce factory in Derby Credit: Rolls Royce

Derby-based engineering company Rolls Royce has been ordered to pay nearly £80,000 after a worker developed permanent nerve damage.

Allan Thornewill, 55, from Derby, developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome after being exposed to high levels of vibration at the company’s premises in Wilmore Road, Derby.

Mr Thornewill operated wet blasting cabinets, used to clean turbine blades cast in the Derby foundry, for up to nine hours a day. He developed pins and needles after holding the blades in his hands and in 2009 was diagnosed with the syndrome and was signed off work for four months.

Mr Thornewill has since had four operations on his hands and still suffers dexterity problems in his right hand and weakness in both wrists.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Rolls Royce plc did not properly assess the vibration risks faced by workers using the wet blasting cabinets and no suitable control measures were implemented, such as limiting exposure, or providing alternatives.

Today a judge at Derby Crown Court fined Rolls Royce a total of £60,000, and ordered the firm to pay £18,168 in costs, after being found guilty of a breach of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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Dreamliner to fly over Rolls-Royce plant

British Airways will fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliner over the Rolls-Royce plant in Derby this morning.

Rolls-Royce make the engines for the Dreamliner Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

It is to thank employees who have helped to design, develop and assemble the Trent 1000 engines that power the aircraft. A Spitfire is also expected to take part in the flyover.

Read more: Dreamliner takes off in the Midlands

Derby based Rolls-Royce signs deal worth $880 million

The engines will power ten Airbus A350 XWB 1000 aircraft

Derby based Rolls-Royce has signed a deal worth $880 million to supply Trent XWB engines to United Airlines.

The engines will power ten Airbus A350 XWB 1000 aircraft.

Jacqui Sutton, Senior Vice President said: “This latest order from United Airlines for our world-leading Trent engine technology underscores our confidence in the A350-1000 and the higher thrust version of the Trent XWB which will power this aircraft.

"We are delighted that United has increased its order for the A350 XWB and we look forward to expanding our relationship with the airline.”

Engine order for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has won an order worth $160 million at list prices, for Trent 1000 engines to power four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The order marks the first Trent 1000 selection by the US aircraft leasing company. The Trent 1000 was the first engine to power the 787 Dreamliner into service in October 2011.

Rolls-Royce engine powered plane on maiden voyage

A new aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines built in Derby has embarked on its maiden flight. Airbus says the aircraft is designed to be more fuel-efficient and is more environmentally friendly.

The firm has already won orders for more than 600 of the aircraft, which has helped the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB become the firm's fastest selling engine. Daniel Hewitt reports.

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