AT one minute past midnight, on the first day of 2003, the first Rolls-Royce car made in Goodwood was presented to its new owner.
At the time, the firm wanted to be able to produce five cars a day, each hand-made to the highest of standards.
But now, 10 years on, the manufacturing plant has expanded, its engineers work on the most futuristic of technology, and the plant produces up to 20 Phantoms and Ghosts every day.
In 2011, Rolls-Royce celebrated a second consecutive sales record and the best result in the company’s then 107-year history.
‘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 for 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 10 years with great optimism.’
The car firm is owned by BMW, and used to be based in Crewe before the move to the South Downs.
The new plant opened with a workforce of less than 400, but now there are 1,400 working on site, with 100 new positions created last year alone.
Around 90 per cent of the firm’s cars are exported.