Lexmark to spend $25 million on data centre relocation

Printer vendor Lexmark has announced plans to relocate its Asia-Pacific data centre from the US to Sydney, an investment of $25 million over the next five years.

In addition, the company will spend an extra $1.7 million to build and equip the new facility at the company's existing premises in Frenchs Forest, Sydney.

The announcement garnered the attention of New South Wales Premier Bob Carr, who congratulated company officials for selecting Sydney over Hong Kong, India and Singapore, and choosing to join a growing number of companies establishing regional headquarters here.

Lexmark officials report the new data centre will house an additional 15 staff from different cultural backgrounds, to overcome cultural barriers associated with providing support for the entire Asia-Pacific region.

The data centre will provide hardware and software support, network maintenance and control, user support and helpdesk facilities, and security and audit services. It will also provide organisations with the ability to roll out a business-to-business electronic commerce strategy.

Mike Kane, Lexmark's director of Asia-Pacific operations, said the company's e-commerce strategy will focus on developing solutions to place product orders over the Internet.

Kane said the decision to choose Sydney was based on the right mix of labour skills, competitive infrastructure, and a stable political and business environment. "We're very confident as investors this is the place to be," he said. "This is one of the very few places where you find all those ingredients in one location."