One of the drawbacks of being the sole engine supplier on a well-selling product is the need to create robust production capacity quickly—something aerospace companies have repeatedly struggled to accomplish. Nevertheless, this is a problem Rolls-Royce is happy to have with its Trent XWB, which is the only engine on offer for the Airbus A350. Still, the company realizes there are potential pitfalls in that situation, too. “We have a steep production ramp-up,” says program director ...

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