UK – The two companies will work on the development and delivery of manufacturing solutions for advanced fixturing and products applicable across a range of manufacturing industries, including automotive.

Based on proven and patented Rolls-Royce technology, the newly formed MetLase will provide engineering solutions to applications where precision and speed of deployment are increasingly critical. Currently it can take months to design and manufacture a special tool or product using conventional methods and thinking; MetLase claims to be able to reduce this from months to weeks or days.

Hamid Mughal, director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, said: "We see creating a JV with Unipart as an excellent opportunity to work with a well-established cross-sector partner with complementary skills to help accelerate the development of the MetLase technology and widen its use into a broader range of markets."

The establishment of MetLase will create 30 technical engineering jobs at its new headquarters at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham.