Rolls-Royce plc operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. It is investing in technology and capability that can be exploited in each of these sectors to create a competitive range of products. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces and more than 2,000 marine customers, including 50 navies. The company has energy customers in nearly 120 countries. Most of the 54,000 gas turbines in service will have operational lives of 25 years or more, generating an assured aftermarket demand for the provision of spare parts and services.
Annual sales total nearly Ј6 billion, of which over 40 per cent currently comes from aftermarket services. The order book stands at more than Ј17 billion, which, together with aftermarket demand, provides visibility as to future activity levels.