GE Opens Australian E-commerce Centre


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

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

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