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THE ROLLS-ROYCE diesel plant at Shrewsbury is now firmly in the Perkins fold. The Rolls name will ultimately disappear and a Perkins executive is in charge.
A new company, Perkins Engines (Shrewsbury), as foreshadowed last year (CM, December 24, 1983), is the Massey Ferguson subsidiary which has bought the Rolls business from Vickers.
An agreement between Perkins and Rolls-Royce Motors permits Perkins to continue to use the Roils trade mark for an unspecified "controlled period". According to Perkins the length of that period is a matter of commercial confidence.
An immediate effect of the change, which took effect last week, is that Perkins managing director John Devaney is now in overall charge of both the Shrewsbury and the main Peterborough works, but Perkins' personnel director Peter Jackson is now deputy managing director, in charge at Shrewsbury.
Rolls-Royce's managing director, Peter Vinson, remains as an adviser on military and Government business which was a key part of the Rolls business.