Rolls-Royce wins category in “Factory of the Year” competition

Posted on June 06, 2023

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  • Power Systems division receives GEO Award for production strategy in its Friedrichshafen plants
  • Jury impressed by performance along entire value chain

The Friedrichshafen plants of the Rolls-Royce Power Systems division have won an award in the GEO (Global Excellence in Operations) category of the prestigious ‘Factory of the Year’ competition. At its Friedrichshafen sites, Power Systems operates a highly effective production strategy for its mtu engines and systems that allows constant adaptation to changing framework conditions. Processes are improved on an ongoing basis to ensure that the company stays ahead of the competition.  

Marc Goldschmidt, Vice President Remanufacturing & Overhaul Technologies and leader of the application team at Rolls-Royce Power Systems says: "We’re incredibly proud to have picked up the GEO accolade the very first time we entered this competition. It gives our people across production the credit they deserve for their excellent work and dedication and confirms that our processes and results compare very well with those of other companies."  

The operations strategy covers different areas and focuses on themes such as Make or Buy, digitalization for Factory of the Future,   continuous process improvement, efficiency enhancement, site development, purchasing, supply chains, new products, services and sustainability. Thanks to lean processes and short decision-making paths, changes can be responded to quickly and without complications. That makes the company optimally prepared for future challenges. The operations strategy itself is being constantly developed for implementation outside Friedrichshafen in the worldwide production network of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.  

Erik Manning, Executive Vice President Production & Procurement says: "With our operations strategy, we want to be able to react flexibly on different international markets. It enables us to work more and more productively, which motivates the entire team. So we’re truly delighted to have received the GEO accolade."  

"Factory of the Year" is one of the most prestigious industry competitions in Europe and has been organized by the management consultancy Kearney over the past 30 years. The winners are determined in two stages: Firstly, information and typical performance data along the entire value chain must be provided in questionnaires by the companies taking part. Those shortlisted are then visited by an experienced audit team. A jury of experts from industry and academia then selects the winners. All participants receive a feedback report and a confidential assessment of their market position.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce develops and delivers complex power and propulsion solutions for safety-critical applications in the air, at sea and on land. Our products and service packages enable our customers to connect people, societies, cultures and economies together; they meet the growing need for power generation across multiple industries; and enable governments to equip their armed forces with the power to protect.
  2. Rolls-Royce has a presence in 48 countries and customers in more than 150, comprising over 250 commercial large aero engine customers, 160 armed forces and navies and approximately 40,000 active Power Systems customers. We are committed to becoming a net zero company by 2050 and we support our customers to do the same.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £15.4bn in 2023, underlying operating profit was £1.6bn and free cash flow £1.3bn.  
  4. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is publicly traded company (LSE: RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69).
  5. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs more than 10,500 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio also includes diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids. With its climate friendly technologies, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is helping to drive the energy transition.


Wolfgang Boller Spokesman Regional and Business Media
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