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Amazon moves into Lot Fourteen

Davinia Simon, Amazon Web Services’ Head of Channel and Alliances for Australian and New Zealand, speaks at the company’s launch at Lot Fourteen. With her are Trade and Investment Minister Stephen Patterson (left) and Premier Steven Marshall (right).

Amazon, one of the world’s leading technology companies, is expanding its presence in Adelaide by joining Lot Fourteen and aims to create more than 50 jobs over the next three years.

The teams set to grow include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary, and Amazon Sciences, a team carrying out world-leading artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) research.

Lot Fourteen has a focus on hi-tech industries including AI, ML, cybersecurity, data analytics, computer vision, augmented and virtual reality, and the Internet of Things.

Premier Steven Marshall said Amazon’s announcement highlighted that global companies were looking to South Australia as a destination for innovation and unique industry collaborations.

“We are delighted to welcome Amazon to our state,” Premier Marshall said.

“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.

“The decision by Amazon to invest here is proof that South Australia is a major drawcard to international companies across high-tech and high-growth sectors.”

Trade and Investment Minister Stephen Patterson said Amazon would 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 Lot Fourteen bolsters South Australia’s position as a world leader across space, cyber, defence, high-tech, and big data,” Minister Patterson said.

“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.”

AWS teams will provide support and cloud enablement to local businesses and government agencies to assist with their digital transformation journeys and help local businesses to become more competitive on the global stage. The Amazon Science team will conduct new research programs to improve the customer experience for Amazon.com customers.

AWS’s Head of South and Western Australia, Sarah Bassett, said the new Adelaide office demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to Australia, and its belief in the nation’s long-term potential to be a leader in the global digital economy.

“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,” Ms Bassett said.

“We look forward to helping South Australia to grow their emerging tech workforce, and to drive future innovation from the state.”


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