GE Additive has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New South Wales (NSW) Government to deliver enhanced 3D printing capabilities to a new space industry centre.
It follows an agreement between NSW Government and 18 space companies, research and education initiatives, and the CSIRO signed last year to establish the Space Industry Hub at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The Western Sydney Aerotropolis is an infrastructure project which aims to create thousands of jobs, many of which are require high skilled workers in the aerospace and defence, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.
Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian visited GE Additive’s Customer Experience Centre in Munich as details of the agreement were finalised. GE Additive will now help to develop industrial-scale 3D printing operations in West Sydney, in a partnership that the NSW Government hopes will make it Australia’s capital of 3D printing.
“3D printing is on the cutting edge of manufacturing globally and this deal will help make Western Sydney the nation’s leader,” Ms Berejiklian commented. “We are aiming to triple the size of Australia’s space sector to $12 billion by 2030, creating up to 20,000 news jobs in this industry alone. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to look globally to bring the best opportunities to NSW.”
“We are very honoured to welcome Premier Berejiklian and NSW delegation to Munich and equally so to be part of this wider vision for Western Sydney and especially the Aerotropolis project,” Jason Oliver, President and CEO of GE Additive added. “Adopting an ecosystem approach to additive manufacturing makes sense, but given NSW’s rich seam of talent, natural resources and ambition for the future, we are particularly excited at the impact our work together could have, not just in NSW, but nation-wide and more broadly across the APAC region.”