Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today announced the expansion of its presence in Greater China with the development of a new Marine Service Centre on Hong Kong’s Tsing Yi Island, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
The new Marine Service Centre will offer specialist support services and engineering expertise to customers in Hong Kong. It will form an important component of the Rolls-Royce marine service network that covers the entire east coast of China, with existing facilities in Dalian, Guangzhou, and Shanghai already providing technical support and after-market care.
P.T. Tong, Rolls-Royce, Branch Manager – Hong Kong, said: “This investment recognises the importance of the Chinese market to Rolls-Royce. With a growing customer base in Greater China, coupled with an increased number of customer operations within the region, we are expanding our facilities to provide industry leading services close to where our customers operate.”
The new facility will provide support for a variety of vessel types, including the large number of fast ferries that are in service between Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta, many of which are installed with Rolls-Royce propulsion systems.
The new facility, which provides direct waterfront access to major transport channels, will be capable of undertaking repair, overhaul and upgrades for a wide range of Rolls-Royce products including waterjets, tunnel thrusters, Azimuth thrusters and deck machinery. Rolls-Royce service engineers based at the new facility will be on-hand to provide technical support and training wherever and whenever required.
The current Marine sales and marketing office in Hong Kong will also be relocated to the new premises.
Rolls-Royce has dedicated marine sales and service facilities in 35 countries, providing round-the-clock support to customers worldwide. The Group has opened or expanded four Marine Service Centres this year, located in Hamburg (Germany), Gdynia (Poland), Walvis Bay (Namibia), and Rotterdam (Netherlands).