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New city jobs as 3D firm moves in
Posted on: 05 Oct 2012  |   Tags: Digital Engineering , EON Reality , UK Employment ,

The co-founder of an American 3D technology specialist has labelled Manchester the “original technology city” after announcing it as the home of its new European headquarters. Opulentus UKEON Reality has a new base in the city after taking out a 10-year lease with Manchester City Council. The California-based company will house itself in a 10,000 square foot office at One Central Park in the east of the city, next to the Sharp Project media centre. As part of the move about 240 jobs are expected to be created by EON Reality, which develops 3D software for industry and education. The firm wants to locate its new European headquarters at the site and begin an "entrepreneurial coding school", where it plans to train 500 students in 3D technology over five years. The move was announced last month, but the company was not named. One Central Park is viewed as an extension to the Sharp Project, and will house start-up companies and Sharp tenants who are keen to expand. EON has said it will employ new staff over the next three years as an interactive research and development centre is developed. Dan Lejerskar, co-founder of EON Reality, said the company decided to move to Manchester due to its heritage, creativity and internet connectivity. Lejerskar said: “Manchester is the original technology city – they invented the computer and have been improving it ever since, designing, programming, creating content and sharing ideas. Manchester is the home of the UK's international Internet Exchange and the North West has the second largest creative cluster not only in the UK but in the whole of Europe. No other city in Europe has invested as much in its digital media and content operations - with billions being spent on creating a global hub for creative industries - just like EON Reality's European Centre. Manchester is perfectly placed to be the UK’s digital city and a prominent player in the technology sector in Europe so it makes total sense to be located here.” Manchester City Council Leader, Sir Richard Leese, said: “This is great for Manchester. Not only will EON Reality’s new base create 240 new jobs but it will offer training for thousands of young people in the increasingly marketable skill of computer coding. This is yet another example of the public and private sector working together to drive forward our ambition of Manchester becoming a global digital city by 2020.” Source: Press Association

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