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GE Opens Australian E-commerce Centre

From Australia.internet.com

GE Information Services, a global supplier of business-to-business electronic commerce solutions, has opened its new Australian e-commerce centre.

The centre, to be known as ECXpress, will be based primarily in Sydney but will service the entire nation. It is expected to employ over 50 people. Other similar centers were opened in Singapore and the Philippines this week.

ECXpress is a joint venture between GE and a consortium that includes Emtek, an information technology and telecommunications provider with operations in the Asia Pacific region. Also involved in the center are Australian businessmen John Singleton, who is controlling shareholder in the Singleton Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency and Mark Carneige, chairman of the Singleton Group and Easycall Australia.

Carnegie will serve as chairman of ECXpress.

Harvey Seegers, president and chief executive officer of GE Information Services in Sydney said ECXpress begins a new era in the development of electronic commerce and its establishment is closely linked with the explosive growth of Internet commerce that is occurring and will continue to occur in the region.

He said the center is part of the companies global initiative to create international expansion and growth in global trading communities.

"ECXpress represents a significant investment in and commitment to the Australian market. It will increase our personnel providing e-commerce sales, support and consulting services by up to 50 percent," said John Simon, managing director of GE Information Services Australia and New Zealand.

Simon said the initiative is the largest venture investment ever made by GE Information Services in its 30 years operation in Australia.