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LUXURY Rolls-Royce's Goodwood home is to be expanded
LUXURY Rolls-Royce's Goodwood home is to be expanded
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THE home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood is to have a £10m expansion.

The assembly hall, where the prestigious cars are put together, will be increasing in size by almost 27,000 sq ft.

The firm has reported significant growth in worldwide sales over the last 18 months and a greater demand from customers for the bespoke Ghost and Phantom models.

The new extension, due for completion late next year, will also increase the firm’s Surface Finish Centre by more than 6,888 sq ft.

This development follows record sales in 2010 and plans to expand the dealer network internationally.

The firm’s chief executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: ‘I am very pleased to announce our expansion plans.

‘We continue to see increased demand from customers all over the world and the new facilities will allow us to increase the capacity for our hand-built, highly-personalised motor cars.

‘This investment demonstrates our confidence in this unique brand, our commitment to our home at Goodwood - the only place in the world where Rolls-Royce motor cars are built - and signals the next phase in the development of our company.’

Mark Prisk, business and enterprise minister, welcomed the news.

He said: ‘It is good news to hear that Rolls-Royce has plans for expansion at the Goodwood site.

‘It is a further endorsement of the strength of the automotive sector in the UK.

‘Automotive is the UK’s number one manufactured export – in 2010 the UK auto sector exported over £27 billion-worth of vehicles and parts.’