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Premier opens new advanced manufacturing facility in Western Sydney

13 February 2014
NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell today officially opened a new advanced manufacturing facility for ambulances and other emergency vehicles in Western Sydney.
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Mr O’Farrell said the Byron Group facility in Smithfield employs about 200 people and produces emergency vehicles including ambulances and police mobile command vehicles for use across NSW, other Australian states and for export.

“This is a great Western Sydney success story and a huge vote of confidence in the manufacturing industry in NSW and Australia,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“Byron Group’s success and ongoing investment in Western Sydney shows despite recent setbacks, innovative manufacturing has a bright future in Australia.

“Western Sydney is an international leader in specialised manufacturing and this new cutting edge facility, covering 18,000 square metres, enhances that status.

“The Byron Group has an international reputation in the manufacture of high-quality equipment in the areas of health, aerospace and emergency response and management, exporting to markets in Asia and the Middle East.

“NSW Government agencies such as NSW Ambulance, Police Force, Rural Fire Service, Roads and Maritime Services and Corrective Services use Byron Group vehicles and equipment on a daily basis.

“New ambulances for Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT are being produced by Byron Group here in Western Sydney.

“Western Sydney is home to about 8,500 manufacturing companies - its highly qualified and diverse workforce has helped make Western Sydney Australia’s leading manufacturing region and a sought-after location for Australia’s leading companies.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering the infrastructure and quality services so Western Sydney can reach its full potential.

“By attracting more of Australia’s leading companies to Western Sydney we are helping create jobs close to where people live, reducing the time needed to travel to work so residents can spend more time with their family,” Mr O’Farrell said.

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