Hitachi will establish its Kyoso (collaborative creation) Centre alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) in the First Building in Bradfield in 2023.
The NSW government has agreed to finalise the private sector tenancy agreement for the building with the Japanese multinational, whose collaborative research model will attract advanced technology jobs to Western Sydney.
NSW premier Dominic Perrottet had a face-to-face meeting with Hitachi’s executives including the vice president and executive officer, in charge of Regional Strategies APAC, Kojin Nakakita.
“This Japanese conglomerate Hitachi has recognised the value of establishing a presence in Australia’s newest city on the doorstep of the future Western Sydney International Airport and that will mean jobs and innovation in Western Sydney,” Perrottet said.
“The Kyoso concept is about collaborative research between business, education institutions and government which aligns perfectly with the values of the AMRF, to bring industry and education providers together to test solutions to advanced manufacturing challenges and drive innovation.”
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade and minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said this is an exciting step forward in the development of Bradfield City Centre.
“Hitachi will be the first non-government tenant in Bradfield City Centre,” he said. “This signals high confidence in the private sector for the vision of the Western Parkland City. It means more premium, high-skilled jobs and global career opportunities for the residents of Western Sydney.”
According to Nakakita, the venture reflects Hitachi’s confidence in the significant growth opportunities in the state and across Australia.
“We are delighted that Western Sydney will allow Hitachi to showcase our co-creation strategies and deliver our global capability and solutions, for the benefit of our customers and the community at large,” he said.
The Hitachi agreement is a result of a public tender process and follows the NSW Budget commitment of $260 million to establish the Australian-first full scale AMRF, which will create new high-paying jobs of the future in Western Sydney and make Bradfield City Centre the national capital of advanced manufacturing.