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Parker Hannifin - chosen by Rolls-Royce to partner on its Trent XWB engine program.


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Parker Hannifin
: 29 January, 2009  (Company News)
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the sole engine currently available to power the new Airbus A350 XWB family of aircraft. At the date of this announcement, Rolls-Royce has received orders for over 1,000 Trent XWB engines, representing an unprecedented launch position for a large civil aerospace engine at such an early stage in the program.
Parker estimates that the agreement will generate approximately $2.5 billion in revenues over the life of the program.

'Through this partnership, Parker is building on a history of success with Rolls-Royce on the Trent engine series,' said Bob Barker, president of Parker Aerospace and executive vice president and operating officer of Parker Hannifin. 'This long-term partnership allows Parker to invest in the future and contributes to our growing presence in Europe, supporting one of the world's premier engine manufacturers. The Trent XWB will be used by airline fleets around the globe.'

Product design, manufacture, and support will be completed by multiple Parker Aerospace divisions, including the Air & Fuel Division and Customer Support Operations in Irvine, California; Nichols Airborne Division in Devens, Massachusetts; and Stratoflex Products Division in Fort Worth, Texas.

The first Parker-supplied Trent XWB components are scheduled for delivery to Rolls-Royce in late 2009. Initial ground testing of the Trent XWB is due to commence in 2010, with maiden flight on the new Airbus twinjet scheduled for 2012.

A continued focus on business fundamentals and performance improvements driven by Parker's Win Strategy has allowed Parker to deliver the increased value that its customers are seeking. The Win Strategy ensures a focus on value-added services, attention to customer needs, a culture of planned innovation that secures rewards for investors far into the future, and a trusted partnership for Parker customers.

Parker Aerospace looks forward to enhancing its existing relationship with Rolls-Royce on this exciting new program.

Trent XWB engine

The bill of material covers several product lines in support of Rolls-Royce requirements: the pneumatics valve suite that enables anti-icing, turbine case cooling and engine bleed functions; the oil pump that feeds oil to bearings and gearboxes and scavenges that return oil; and the hydraulic engine build-up (EBU) system that includes tubes, hoses and attaching hardware required to convey the aircraft hydraulic power between the engine-mounted pumps and the aircraft.

Lifetime customer support

As part of the partnership, Parker will provide all-inclusive customer service and support on its components for the life of the engine program. This approach is a continuing tradition for Parker on Rolls-Royce TotalCare(R) programs and helps provide optimized, predictable cost over the long-term.

Parker on Rolls-Royce programs

Parker Aerospace supports many Rolls-Royce engine programs, including the RB211 and RB715; BR710, and BR710A2-20; Trent 500, 800, 1000, TP400 and Industrial Trent; and Liftfan clutch actuation system.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine is being developed for the new Airbus A350 extra-wide body family of aircraft. Parker will provide the complete hydraulic and fuel systems for the A350 XWB, as well as the fuel tank inerting system.

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