Aerotropolis draws Japanese conglomerate

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi will be the first tenant at Western Sydney’s Aerotropolis.

The multinational company will build a collaboration and research centre, based on its Kyoso-no-mori facility in Tokyo, which Hitachi describes as a “new research initiative to accelerate innovation through open collaborative creation”.

In Western Sydney, the facility will enable the cross-pollination of ideas between business, academics, and government, with the creation of 85 advanced technology jobs, according to the NSW government.

“Hitachi have been on board with our Government’s ambitious Aerotropolis vision from the start. It is exciting that Hitachi is exploring advanced manufacturing and digital research and development in the Western Parkland City,” said Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres.

Norihiro Suzuki, vice president and executive officer, CTO at Hitachi, outlined how the site will boost job growth in advanced manufacturing.

“It means we can attract the brightest minds and the best in business to the region: a great opportunity for economic development and job creation into the future.”

“Hitachi looks forward to being a founding tenant of the new smart city and will continue to work with the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority to contribute to the planning and design of the Advanced Manufacturing and Research Precinct,” said Suzuki.

Part of the design of the Kyoso facility in Japan is a focus on social outcomes of technology. The Western Sydney site will be no different, said Suzuki.

“By drawing on vast experience and technology in social infrastructure and information technology, Hitachi works to provide the best outcomes and help improve customers’ economic, social and environmental value. Hitachi hopes to accelerate Kyoso-style collaborative creation in Western Sydney,” he said.

Construction will begin on the site in late 2022. The Hitachi announcement follows MOUs between the NSW government and 17 national and international foundation partners who will populate the Aerotropolis.