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:: BHP Billiton Opens Global Technology Centre in Perth

BHP Billiton today launched a global technology centre in Perth, Western Australia, one of three global innovation centres.

Located within the Australian Resources Research Centre at Technology Park, the Perth Technology Centre (PTC) was officially opened by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Alan Carpenter MLA, and BHP Billiton CEO, Mr Chip Goodyear.

Forty BHP Billiton technology innovation roles have been relocated from across Australia to the PTC, which is expected to increase staff numbers to more than 100 within the next two to three years. It represents a significant investment in, and commitment to, the West Australian community by BHP Billiton and recognises the critical role of technology to its operations around the world.

Mr Carpenter said that more than 20 percent of BHP Billiton's total assets were now in Western Australia and the company's further investment in relocating such a large team of experts and technology professionals was a lesson for others.

"Through establishing a global technology centre in Western Australia, BHP Billiton has underscored its long term commitment to the State. We understand that Perth is an attractive destination for talented professionals from around the world and that to continue to be successful we must foster innovation. Attracting and keeping the best people are critical to this."

"The location of one of our three global technology innovation centres in Perth reflects our commitment to supporting long-term innovation in BHP Billiton, the industry, Western Australia and throughout all our regions.

"The Perth Technology Centre is now a key part of our global innovation network that includes key activities in Melbourne, Santiago, Beijing and Moscow, as well as partnerships with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Monash University, the Indian Institute of Technology and St Petersburg and Moscow State Universities."




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