US Multinational GE, which is in the process of refashioning itself as a digital industrial company, officially opened its R500-million innovation centre in Johannesburg on Monday evening – the group’s tenth innovation centre globally and its first in Africa. The 2 700 square metre ‘GE Africa Innovation Centre’ is an accredited green building, located alongside the Killarney Country Club golf course, near Rosebank, in northern Johannesburg.
The building is also the new headquarters for GE Healthcare, which has established a ‘Healthcare Experience Centre’ on site, which showcases the American group’s various healthcare technologies across hospital care areas, from the emergency room and theatre to cardiology, oncology and infant care.
The centre is said to symbolise GE’s long-term commitment to both the continent and to finding innovative solutions to Africa’s infrastructure and healthcare problems by unearthing innovative solutions for ‘Africa by Africans’.
Young people will come through the centre to share their innovative solutions, whilst learning from some of the best GE minds in their respective fields. Besides showcasing the group’s various offerings, the building houses a learning and development centre, which will expose participants to the various GE curriculums on offer, from its leadership courses to its various “universities” that focus on energy, transport and healthcare.