RREC Central Southern Section

21 December 2001

The 60 million project to create the new home for Rolls-Royce motor cars at Goodwood, near Chichester is on target for the first all-new motor car to be produced and delivered in January 2003. 'The timetable is challenging but achievable for the team,' said Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, Senior Vice President BMW Group Marketing and Director of the Rolls-Royce Project.

Construction work on the uniquely designed manufacturing plant and head office, which will feature Europe's biggest 'green roof' - 35,000 square metres of living sedum plants, to blend in with the surrounding rural landscape - will be completed before the end of next year.

Since planning permission was granted last summer, the site has made good progress with steelwork for the manufacturing areas already erected. In conjunction with construction work, extensive landscaping has been carried out on site with mounds, lakes and swales being built.

Local recruitment is also at an advanced stage. More than one thousand applications were received until the end of November. The employees being selected to join the team by the end of this year represent a cross-section of the skills required in manufacturing, including specialist leather and woodworking, as well as in Finance, Sales & Marketing, HR and PR areas.

Dealer candidates have been nominated for the UK home market as well as for various countries on mainland Europe and for other overseas markets.

Following the approval of the final design for the all-new Rolls-Royce motor car, tooling and parts are now being released to enable series production. The motor cars will be built to individual customer specification, in the tradition of Rolls-Royce manufacturing.

Fred Fruth, General Manager, Public Affairs, BMW Group, Project Rolls-Royce