Aero Gearbox International (AGI), a company established jointly by Rolls-Royce and Safran Transmission Systems (Safran), was on the 12th of April 2017 celebrating the opening of a new 13,500 m2 facility in Ropczyce (Podkarpackie, south-east Poland region). The site will produce accessory drive trains (ADT) for all of Rolls-Royce’s future civil aircraft engines. The facility already employs more than 50 people and is expected to grow to eventually provide up to 200 direct positions. With the development of the necessary infrastructure and partnerships in south-eastern Poland further indirect employment will be triggered.
Accessory drive trains, sometimes referred to as accessory gearboxes, are a critical component of gas turbine engines, harnessing the engine’s power to drive systems and accessories such as fuel pumps, hydraulic pumps and electrical generators. The new plant has already launched production of ADTs for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, which powers the Airbus A350 XWB, and subsequent projects will include future business jet applications and ADTs for the Trent 7000 engine, which will power the Airbus A330neo.
Created in 2015, Aero Gearbox International capitalizes on the combined experience and expertise of its parent companies, encompassing the design and production of accessory drive trains by Safran Transmission Systems and engine design and propulsion system integration by Rolls-Royce.