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Airbus to fly over Rolls Royce in Derby to thank staff

The Airbus A350 will fly over Rolls Royce in Derby later today Credit: PA

Airbus will fly its new aircraft over Rolls Royce in Derby today as a 'thank you' to employees who designed, developed and assembled the Trent XWB engines.

More than fourteen hundred of the engines have already been sold.

The Airbus A350 will be flying directly from the Farnborough International Air Show later this afternoon.


Rolls-Royce in court over radiation safety charges

Rolls-Royce will appear before Derby Crown Court today accused of exposing employees to dangerous radiation.

Rolls-Royce in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The firm faces seven charges on failing to manage the risk of exposure to ionising radiation, which comes from the radioactive sources used in the industrial work at its Marine Power Operations plant in Sinfin Lane.

The breaches are all said to have happened in 2011.

Campaigners protest over Rolls Royce plans

Campaigners in Nottinghamshire will protest tonight over plans by Rolls-Royce to build a new factory and 800 homes in Hucknall.

The firms says it will safeguard 230 jobs and will be good for the economy.

Artists impressions of the planned new factory and residential development in Hucknall Credit: Rolls-Royce
800 homes are among the plans for the new developement in Hucknall Credit: Rolls-Royce
Map showing area Rolls-Royce hope to develop in Hucknall Credit: Rolls-Royce

Those against the plans say a nature reserve will be destroyed by the new buildings.

Rolls Royce wins £17m China contract

David Cameron is in China on a trade mission Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Rolls Royce has won a £17 million contract to supply China’s energy infrastructure. It will supply PetroChina with equipment and services to expand the flow of natural gas through the Lunnan-Tulufan branch of the second West to East Pipeline Project.

The deal has been signed while the prime minister is on a trade mission to China. More than £5.6 billion worth of deals creating more than 1,500 UK jobs have been signed between UK and Chinese firms during the visit.


Mayor proud of room for Rolls-Royce founder

One of the founders of Rolls-Royce, Sir Henry Royce, will be honoured in Derby today.

The company's chief executive, John Rishton, will open the Sir Henry Royce Room at the City Council.

Derby is very proud of its historic connection with engineering giant, Rolls-Royce.

Our city is renowned across the globe as a centre of excellence for hi-tech transport manufacturing.

– Councillor Fareed Hussain, Mayor of Derby

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.

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

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