Joint venture sparks jobs boost

Rolls-Royce at the AMP Rotherham.
Rolls-Royce at the AMP Rotherham.

A new joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Unipart has seen the creation of 30 new jobs at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham.

The engineering giant and manufacturing, logistics and consultancy group, have launched Metlase, which will explore the development of a range of manufacturing systems.

This includes systems for advanced fixturing and products based on patented Rolls-Royce technology and applications where precision and speed of deployment are increasingly critical.

The company will initially focus on developing technology for the aerospace, automotive, motorsport and the medical market sector.

Hamid Mughal, director of manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, said: “We see creating a JV with Unipart as an excellent opportunity to work with a well-established cross-sector partner with complementary skills to help accelerate the development of the MetLase technology and widen its use into a broader range of markets.”

John Neill, Unipart chairman and chief executive, said the joint venture would provide a platform to further utilise the company’s proprietary business system, The Unipart Way. He added: “We’re very pleased to be taking this important step with Rolls-Royce in a partnership that will establish an incubator for innovation in the aerospace industry, and will extend into other areas.”

Project leaders claim applying Metlase technology can reduce the time it takes to design and manufacture specialist tools from months to just weeks or days.