Trimble Navigation, a US tech company, has opened a new, purpose-built research and development facility in Christchurch, three years after fire destroyed its previous premises.
The fire came just after the devastating February 2011 earthquake.
Trimble, which makes navigation systems and has a market capitalisation of more than $US10 billion, has operated in New Zealand since 1991 when it bought the Datacom business. Over that time has increased its personnel in New Zealand from 41 to 327.
Chief executive Steve Berglund of California said the company never even considered moving the business from Christchurch.