Rolls-Royce announces Goodwood facility expansion

British automaker Rolls-Royce has revealed that it is looking to expand its current headquarters in Goodwood.

Departments will be relocated, including the wood and leather shops, which will also be given a facelift under the new plans.

Scheduled to begin in 2007, the firm is hoping that the proposals will cope with the "unprecedented customer demand" it expects to receive due to its Phantom family of cars.

Chairman and chief executive of Rolls-Royce Ian Robertson commented at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show that he was "delighted" with the news of the plant’s expansion.

"These significant changes will ensure that we meet the challenge of exceptional customer demand and that we are ready for the launch of our exciting new model series," said the official.

Rolls-Royce Motors was bought by Volkswagen in 1998 after the German vehicle manufacturer fought off stiff competition from compatriot company BMW.

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