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SA company secures $2.8 million export contract


Local company SAGE Automation has joined forces with Navantia Australia to secure a $2.8 million contract to supply integrated platform management systems (IPMS), to Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.

This core component of any naval control system is destined for the two ships which are under construction for the Royal Australian Navy.

This is the third project secured by the joint venture established in July 2016, known as the Navantia SAGE Automation Group (NSAG). The agreement creates a global in-country capability to provide IPMS for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

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

The two-year project is due to start in June 2017. When returned to Australia, NSAG will provide IPMS platform support, under a five-year support contract.

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

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

Navantia Australia Managing Director Fransisco Barón said NSAG will play a critical role in continuing to develop skills to support the naval shipbuilding industry into the future.

Image Caption: 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.

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