Western Sydney Airport and the surrounding Aerotropolis is to become a hub for advanced manufacturing, with agreements finalised between the NSW government and global industrial firms.
Announced during Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s visit to Europe with Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, four statements pointed towards the future activities that will be undertaken in the vicinity of Western Sydney international (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.
A joint venture between GE Additive, the 3D printing arm of the American industrial conglomerate, will lead to the creation of an industrial-scale 3D printing facility at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The NSW government hopes that this leads to programs in the aerospace, medical, and automotive sector.
“3D printing is on the cutting edge of manufacturing globally and this deal will help make Western Sydney the nation’s leader,” said Berejiklian.
Jason Oliver, president and CEO of GE Additive, highlighted how this commitment will form part of a wider network of advanced manufacturing in the growing region.
“Adopting an ecosystem approach to additive manufacturing will drive the adoption of this new technology and the development of new businesses and skilled jobs,” said Oliver.
Also announced during Berejiklian’s visit to Europe is a partnership between the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).
“This facility has transformed Sheffield’s job market and trained more than 1300 highly-skilled technical apprentices who are now working with Rolls-Royce, Boeing and BAE Systems,” said Berejiklian.
The AMRC has led to the growth of a cluster of hi-tech companies around its reuse of an old coking plant in Sheffield.
Ensuring that industry follows these announcements is Berejiklian’s agreement with BAE Systems to invest in the creation of a space research and development facility in the Aerotropolis.
“BAE Systems Australia’s interest in NSW as a destination for this research facility is a huge vote of confidence in our economy and our plans for the new airport city,” said Berejiklian.