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Rolls-Royce is arguably the most famous name in the world when it comes to luxury motors. Born from an electrical and mechanical business launched by engineer Henry Royce in 1884, today the Rolls-Royce Group is a global engineering company, providing world-class power and propulsion systems. It is also a market leader in civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and nuclear services.

p with the Great Northern Railway Company’s Peterborough locomotive works, working there for three years. This sparked his interest in engineering.

He attended the City and Guilds Institute and went on to become Lancashire Maxim and Western Electric Company's chief electrical engineer. In 1884, at the age of 21, he founded his own engineering business in Manchester. FH Royce and Co manufactured switches and fuses.

In 1894, he began manufacturing dynamos and motors, becoming more interested in vehicles in 1897. He bought his first car, a 10hp Decauville, in 1903 and began redesigning it. His first car was completed in 1904 and was brought to the attention of businessman Charles Rolls, who sold French cars in London. The two met and Rolls agreed to be Royce's sole agent.


Launch of Rolls-Royce

Their first car, the Rolls-Royce 10hp, was exhibited in 1904 at the Paris salon and Rolls-Royce Ltd was formally founded in March 1906. In 1907, their most popular car, the Silver Ghost, was launched. Tragically, Rolls died in a flying accident in 1910.

In 1913, the Silver Ghost successfully completed the Alpine Trial - a 14,371-mile drive through tough mountain terrain - establishing Rolls-Royce as a reliable vehicle manufacture. The Silver Ghost was hailed as the "best car in the world". Royce was later awarded the OBE and became the Baronet of Seaton.

In the 1930s, the Phantom III was the first Rolls-Royce with a V12 engine. In 1933, Royce died aged 70 but his company lived on, entering the civil aviation market in 1953.

In 1987, following a number of private sector mergers and acquisitions, Rolls-Royce became the only company in Britain delivering power for use on land, in the air and at sea.


Rolls-Royce today

Today, the company is a leading producer of engines for corporate jets and civil aircraft and it’s the world's second-largest manufacturer of defence aero engines.

In the marine sector, Rolls-Royce designs vessels and integrates power systems. The company also has a growing presence in civil nuclear power as the result of more than 50 years of powering nuclear submarines. Renowned for its high-speed diesel engines, applications include locomotives and luxury yachts.


Celebrity Rolls-Royce owners

The luxury car is popular among celebrities all over the world - reality TV star Kim Kardashian owns the legendary Rolls-Royce Phantom, while singer and actress Jennifer Lopez owns a Rolls Royce Ghost. Pop megastar Justin Bieber owns a vintage Rolls-Royce and singer Gwen Stefani has a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Former Manchester United and England footballer David Beckham owns a black Rolls-Royce and NFL player Tom Brady has a Rolls-Royce Ghost, as does boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. British entrepreneur and X-Factor supremo Simon Cowell owns a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 3.

sizes, shapes and polymers, Coruba manufactures rubber extrusions which can be used for sealing or as a finishing product, such as a decorative trim. We also manufacture door seal profiles and boot seal profiles in many sizes to suit every application.

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