Derby owes a lot to Rolls-Royce for providing solid support as one of the promising industrial cities in UK. According to a new report from Planes, Trains and Automobiles consultants URS attributes Derbys success to the one and only Rolls-Royce. It contributes to the Derby economy to the tune of approximately 4.6 billion British Pounds per year. URS forecasts that aerospace employment may go up by one third over the next 10 years (upto 2019) to 20,900 and output may shoot up to 6.1 billion British pounds. Rolls-Royces supply chain backbone rests on 700 businesses in the Midlands region. Approximately 12,500 people in Derby are employed at these supply chain facilities with specialization in aerospace. Almost 27 per cent of Derbys economic output comes out of Aerospace supply chain network operating here. The importance of Derby to the British economy becomes clear when one understand that Coventry, regarded by many as an industrial city, gets approx. 11 per cent of its output from manufacturing activity which is just above the UK average, according to media reports. Meanwhile, the forthcoming British elections offers rich pickings for political parties in the Midlands region which boasts of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, according to a BBC report. The URS report comes at a time when rumours are flying thick that Rolls-Royce and Toyota may go in for cut shifts thus increasing job losses. On the other hand, Derby is gearing itself up to welcome delegates from China, who will be visiting the city to build stronger trade links. The group, from Shaanxi Province, is expected to meet local companies. An Economic Co-operation Agreement is very much on the cards. The visit has come about because of the links already established by Derby aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which has one of its suppliers based in Shaanxi, called Xian Aero Engine Plc.