The Western Sydney Aerotropolis is a new smart city being built around the new Western Sydney International Airport and will include a collaboration and research centre that will generate hi-tech jobs.
The Kyōsō Centre (collaborative creation centre) is expected to promote collaborative creation-style research between business, academics and government. It is expected to generate more than 85 advanced technology jobs in Western Sydney, in fields such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and other technologies.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said with Hitachi as the first confirmed tenant, the Kyōsō Centre will bring the ‘Social Innovation Business’ concept to Western Sydney – an important step towards ensuring the new Aerotropolis delivers on its promise to be a hub for innovation, research and development.
“[Hitachi’s] presence at the Aerotropolis will attract the brightest minds and the best in business to the region – a great opportunity for economic development and job creation into the future,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said the initiative will create opportunities for Western Sydney to lead on solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges in NSW and abroad.
“It is exciting that Hitachi is exploring advanced manufacturing and digital research and development in the Western Parkland City,” Mr Ayres said.
Hitachi’s Dr Norihiro Suzuki, Vice President and Executive Officer, CTO said their vision was to investigate challenges facing society, customers and stakeholders and to work together to identify ways to resolve the issues.
“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,” Dr Suzuki said.
Construction on the Kyōsō Centre is expected to begin in late 2022.