Rolls-Royce plc is a global company
providing power on land, sea and air. The company has established leading
positions in civil aerospace, defence, marine and energy markets.
1906: The Rolls-Royce Company is formed by Henry Royce and Charles Rolls
to manufacture motor cars.
1914: The Admiralty asks Rolls-Royce to develop a 200 hp aero engine. The
resulting V-12 Eagle establishes Rolls-Royce in the aircraft engine field.
1931: The Rolls-Royce "R" powers Britain's entry in the Schneider Trophy
race. It establishes a new world speed record over 400 mph.
1961: Rolls-Royce acquires Napier Aero Engines.
1966: Rolls-Royce acquires Bristol Siddeley.
1971: Financial problems lead to Rolls-Royce to being taken over by the
1973: Rolls-Royce sells its motor car business.
1987: Rolls-Royce becomes a private company again.
1995: Rolls-Royce acquires the Allison Engine Company.
1999: Rolls-Royce acquires Vickers plc.
2000: Rolls-Royce acquires 100% interest in BMW Rolls-Royce.