Posted on 17. May, 2010 in News

Victorian Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan today officially opened the new Shanghai office of Melbourne-based architecture firm Architektonic, which is delivering distinctive Australian urban design to the Chinese market place.

Ms Allan said Architektonic’s new Shanghai office was an example of China’s strong uptake of Victorian urban design and development thanks to strong promotion through Government-led export support and trade missions.

“Architektonic is yet another Victorian success story and a shining example of the significant achievements to be gained from participation in the Brumby Labor Government’s extensive export development program,” Ms Allan said.

“As an active participant in our Trade Fairs and Missions program since 2005, and a member of our Australian Urban Systems (AUS) cluster, the new Shanghai office is the culmination of Architektonic’s ability to forge strong ties with Chinese companies, urban development agencies and the various tiers of government.

“Working on significant projects in Shanghai, Tianjin, Nanjing, Changzhou and Shenzhen, Architektonic has truly proven its place in this active marketplace.

“I commend director Joburt Betadam and his team in Shanghai and Melbourne for their accomplishments in not only realising Architektonic’s export potential in China, but also supporting other AUS members in their endeavours of exporting to China – creating jobs and additional export revenue for Victoria.”

Ms Allan said Victorian companies such as Architektonic had the experience and expertise to capitalise on China’s ambitious urbanisation goals that will move more than 50 per cent of the country’s population from a rural to an urban environment by 2050.

“Victorian companies can offer specialisation in urban planning and design, architecture and engineering, water and wastewater technologies, intelligent transport systems, financial modelling, and education and training services,” she said.

The AUS cluster was formed by the Brumby Labor Government in partnership with the private sector in 2004 to strategically target a fast growing share of the $500 billion annual market in China, India and the Middle East for sustainable urban professional and technical services.

“By combining their strengths and capabilities, AUS members are now working on over $25 billion worth of urban projects in the Middle East and China, including the Eco-AgriCity project in Jiangsu Province, China – a new agricultural city with a technology park spanning almost 6700 hectares,” Ms Allan said.

Architektonic is one of 30 companies joining the Victorian Government led Sustainable Urban Development Capability Mission to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

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