SAGE Automation signs $2.8 million export contract

ADELAIDE-based company SAGE Automation and Navantia Australia have today signed a $2.8 million contract to supply the control systems for two Royal Australian Navy Auxiliary Oil Replenishment ships, currently being built in Spain.

Under the deal, SAGE Automation will supply the enclosures and consoles for the next generation ‘Integrated Platform Management System’ (IPMS) which provides ship-wide control and monitoring of all electrically powered on-board units.

It is the third project of its kind delivered by the Navantia SAGE Automation Group (NSAG).

The contract brings the number of Royal Australian Navy ships with IPMS to seven.

The IPMS panels will be manufactured and tested in SAGE Automation’s manufacturing centre of excellence in Adelaide, South Australia, and exported to Ferrol, Spain where the two RAN Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ships are being built.

The project, due to start in June 2017, will have a 24-month duration. NSAG will then provide IPMS platform support, under a five-year support contract.

Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said, this latest win for SAGE Automation and Navantia Australia is another example of South Australia’s capability to develop and export high-tech solutions and applications to the world.

“With $89 billion in naval shipbuilding work on the table in South Australia, it is vital that our local defence industry provides a stable supply chain, and has a flow of work to maintain capabilities ready for when the Offshore Patrol Vessel program commences in 2018,” he said.

NSAG confirmed it has submitted proposals for the Offshore Patrol Vessel program, and will be part of Navantia’s bid for the Future Frigate program.

NSAG has the capability, resources and commitment to remain a key member of the local supply chain for naval shipbuilding and support in Australia,” said SAGE Automation CEO, Adrian Fahey.

“This successful partnership has been a catalyst in our diversification to become an advanced manufacturer, which is enabling us to compete globally and support other Australian businesses to do the same,” he said.