Rolls-Royce Goodwood celebrates 10 years


Chris Ison/PA Wire

Rolls-Royce's Goodwood headquarters is popping the cork on ten years of building cars.

On January 1, 2003 the home of Rolls-Royce officially opened for business and the first car was presented to its customer at one minute past midnight.

Ten years ago the West Sussex facility employed 400 workers, and built the Phantom luxury saloon at a rate of one a day.

Now 1,400 Goodwood workers hand-build two model families, and up to 20 cars a day roll off the production lines.

It's estimated 80 per cent of Rolls-Royce Goodwood's workforce live within 15 miles of the facility, and more than 100 new positions were created in 2012. Some 90 per cent of cars are exported and the plant is currently undergoing major extension work in the manufacturing area – no doubt spurred on by 2011 being a record year for car sales.

"Rolls-Royce is a great British manufacturing success story and I am very proud to celebrate 10 Years of Excellence", said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

"The renaissance of the world's most famous automotive brand and the creation and development of the home of Rolls-Royce has been an extraordinary and successful journey. I applaud the Rolls‑Royce team at Goodwood and across the world for their passion and together we can look forward to the next ten years with great optimism."