Western Sydney Welcomes Thales HQ

Acting Premier and Minister for Trade & Investment Andrew Stoner was in Western Sydney today to officially open the new Thales Australia headquarters in Homebush Bay.

 Mr Stoner said Thales’ $10 million investment in the new headquarters is a major vote of confidence in Western Sydney and in NSW.

 “Thales’ decision to choose Homebush as its new Australian base reinforces Western

Sydney’s status as Australia’s leading advanced manufacturing region,” Mr Stoner said.

 “It’s a significant win for the many small businesses who work with Thales, given the supply chain opportunities here in Australia and throughout the company’s global operations.

 “The Thales Australia headquarters is a major operation, employing close to 500 people across functions including senior management, tender bid management, project engineering and management, research and development, training, simulation, sales and marketing, and professional services and administration.

 “NSW Trade & Investment played a significant role in supporting Thales’ decision and Thales joins a number of major multinational companies with operations in Western Sydney including BHP Billiton, Coca-Cola Amatil, Qantas, Sony and Canon.”

 Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres welcomed Thales’ investment into Western Sydney.

 “The opening of the new Thales HQ is great news for Western Sydney jobs and reflects the company’s confidence in Western Sydney and the NSW Government’s plans for the region,” Mr Ayres said.

 “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is delivering for Western Sydney, whether it is through securing the new Thales HQ at Homebush or by building critical infrastructure such as the Erskine Park Link Road, WestConnex or the new 650-space car park at Nepean Hospital.”

 Mr Stoner said the NSW Government was bringing additional focus to Western Sydney to help promote economic development and jobs growth in the region.

 “Earlier this week, I announced as part of our economic development priorities for 2014 a series of actions all aimed at driving competitiveness in Western Sydney,” Mr Stoner said.

 “For example, we are partnering with the NSW Business Chamber to investigate ways to link research and industry with a focus on advanced manufacturing.

 “We will also be implementing a new $1.4 million Supply Chain Accelerator pilot program and working with industry partners and government agencies to promote Western Sydney’s local tourism and other significant sport and recreation assets.

 “And we will strengthen capacity building for NSW exporters with high growth potential, including those operating in Western Sydney, under a new $1.2 million Export Accelerator pilot program.”

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