Aerospace giant Boeing has unveiled plans to establish a new facility in Adelaide to support advanced military systems and leading edge research and development over the long term.
The new hub, which will work closely with universities, other tertiary institutions and research organisations, will create job opportunities for 250 high-skilled workers including project managers, systems designers, software engineers and researchers conducting aircraft support, research and development, product support and systems integration activities.
Premier Jay Weatherill, who signed the historic deal with Boeing Managing Director Darren Edwards on Thursday, said the State Government is providing support via Investment Attraction South Australia (IASA) and Defence SA.
“Boeing is a global brand and their decision to choose South Australia for their expansion demonstrates confidence in our State’s future,” he said.
“Boeing’s move builds on South Australia’s reputation as the Defence State and supports our push to create the industries and the jobs of the future. Strong support from Defence SA and IASA is another example of the State’s commitment to growing the defence industry and securing our economic future.”
Mr Weatherill said Boeing’s new Adelaide office will officially open in the coming week, adding that the company’s expansion in South Australia will create flow on effects to the supply chain and broader economy.
“As we transition towards our high-tech advanced manufacturing future, these are the types of high calibre opportunities that will attract and encourage our young graduates and students to work in South Australia,” the Premier concluded.
Boeing’s presence in Australia is its largest outside of the USA, employing over 3000 nationally, predominantly in Queensland.
The company’s Australian operations are divided into three divisions: Command, Control, Communications and Information Solutions, Integrated Services and Support, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.