Multinational tech giant Amazon is expanding its presence in Adelaide, with plans for its innovation-focused cloud computing subsidiary to move into the South Australian capital's Lot Fourteen precinct.
The group's new office will include Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon Sciences, a team carrying out world-leading artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) research.
Amazon intendds to create more than 50 jobs in South Australia over the next three years, with AWS teams providing support and cloud enablement to local businesses and government agencies to help with digital transformation.
Meanwhile, the Amazon Sciences team will conduct new research programs to improve the customer experience for Amazon.com customers.
"Our new office in Adelaide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to invest in Australia, and the long-term potential we believe there is for our nation to be a leader in the global digital economy," says Sarah Bassett, AWS head of South and Western Australia.
"AWS provides South Australian customers with access to the latest technology to expand their business into global markets from their home state, improve their customer experience, and lower their operating costs.
"We look forward to helping South Australia to grow their emerging tech workforce, and to drive future innovation from the state."
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says Amazon's announcement highlights that global companies are looking to the state as a destination with opportunities for innovation and unique industry collaborations.
"We are delighted to welcome Amazon to our state," says Premier Marshall.
"Not only will Amazon create more jobs for South Australians, the company will grow its innovation programs to support local companies, from startups to bigger businesses, and government organisations, which is great news for South Australia's overall high-tech credentials.
"This announcement is yet another example of our state being a magnet for investment, with Accenture already setting up shop in Adelaide, and now Amazon."
South Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment Stephen Patterson says Amazon will add to Lot Fourteen's already impressive line-up, including the Australian Space Agency, the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, MIT bigdata Living Lab, the Australian Institute of Machine Learning, and the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre.
"The addition of Amazon to Adelaide's Lot Fourteen precinct bolsters South Australia's position as a world leader across space, cyber, defence, high-tech, and big data," Minister Patterson says.
"Using AWS, local companies of all sizes and across all industries will be able to tap into the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, providing companies with the opportunity to deploy specific applications, giving businesses greater flexibility."Never miss a news update, subscribe here. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
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