Microsoft has announced a $3 billion investment to build a new Australian manufacturing facility.
The announcement by the Redmond, Washington-based company came a day after Microsoft announced a new partnership with the Australian government that will bring a $6.4 billion investment into Australia’s manufacturing sector.
The new facility will make components for the next-generation Surface Pro family of tablets, according to a statement from Microsoft.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the new factory would be located in the town of Gatton, about 15 minutes from Melbourne.
“We’ve been working hard to bring these new technologies and manufacturing capabilities to Australia and this is a significant milestone for our Australian partners,” Nadell said in a statement.
“Together with our Australian manufacturing partners, we’ll make the world’s best-selling PCs, tablets and other devices.”
The next-gen Surface Pro will be one of the best-sellers in the world and we are excited to have this partnership to bring the next generation to market.
“The announcement comes a day before Microsoft announces the release of the next version of its Windows 10 operating system, codenamed Windows 10 Creators Update, which is due out in the coming weeks.
Microsoft has previously said it will make Windows 10 devices for the Australian market.