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Work has started on a new Rolls Royce plant which will be at the forefront of aerospace technology.
The plant is being built in Washington, safeguarding hundreds of jobs at the firm's existing Wearside base.
Business Secretary Vince Cable marked the start of construction.
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has been on Wearside this morning as construction gets underway for Rolls-Royce's new factory on Wearside.
The plant in Washington will make fan and turbine discs for aircraft including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380 and the Eurofighter.
Business Secretary Vince Cable is attending a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction at the new Rolls-Royce factory on Wearside.