City of Rockingham promotes itself as technological destination for business


Mark Tidman (City of Rockingham Investment Attraction Manager), Christine Caseris (French Australian Chamber of Commerce), Yannick Vergez and Serge Boniface (Groupe FIVA) and Mayor Barry Sammels.
Mark Tidman (City of Rockingham Investment Attraction Manager), Christine Caseris (French Australian Chamber of Commerce), Yannick Vergez and Serge Boniface (Groupe FIVA) and Mayor Barry Sammels.

CITY of Rockingham has taken a definitive step to advance the area as a centre for high-tech innovation and development.

A big part of Murdoch University’s Rockingham campus has been secured for the Renaissance Technopole.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the centre would attract businesses from high technology industries to Rockingham.

First to visit were representatives from international engineering company Groupe FIVA.

Serge Boniface and Yannick Vergaz toured the centre on October 13 to see what opportunities were on offer for their business.

Cr Sammels was happy with the prospects it held for Rockingham.

“The City is very excited about building long term working relations with major international players such as Groupe FIVA through the Technopole,” he said.

“The collaboration we can create through the Technopole will enrich the City’s economic climate over the longer term”.

Based in France, Mr Boniface said Groupe FIVA offered comprehensive engineering services and manufacturing solutions for the environment, energy and defence sectors.

“We are very used to working with Technopoles in France so we are looking for the same relationship here in Australia,” he said.

“The Renaissance Technopole makes it much more attractive for us to come here and establish our operations.

“This facility would provide us with access to advanced research to apply in our business, and accelerated development of solutions.”

Representatives from more international businesses are scheduled to visit the Renaissance Technopole next month.

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