SAGE Automation urges Australian firms to access global supply chains

SAGE AutomationOn 20 April 2015, the Australian Financial Review published an article entitled Global supply chains at turning point, which featured Adrian Fahey, Chief Executive of SAGE Automation, encouraging Australian firms to break into the computerised global supply chains that are emerging as the gatekeepers of manufacturing in the 21st century.

SAGE Automation is a leading independent system integration company, specialising in industrial automation and control systems. As a trusted adviser to their clients, SAGE draws on diverse industry experience and technical excellence, to achieve control, enhanced efficiency and improve the value and productivity of their client’s businesses.

SAGE works with customers in the defence, infrastructure, manufacturing, resources and utilities sectors to deliver certainty in their control and automation challenges. Its customers include Glencore, BHP Billiton, Orica and Santos.

SAGE was founded by Andrew Downs in 1994 from rather humble beginnings, but by 2008 had developed into a $40 million business. Its export efforts were supported by four EMDG grants in the 2000s until 2009, after which it outgrew EMDG eligibility with a turnover of over $50 million, much of which is now generated through the supply of its services and products to global supply chains.

SAGE was the first Australian company certified to the global quality benchmark of the Control System Integration Association (CSIA) and has since won multiple awards such as a Top 20 SA Innovation Award, the 2011 Defence Teaming Centre “Outstanding SME” award, and the 2011 Water Industry Alliance “Market Star” award, was named a 2013 BRW Client Choice Awards finalist as well as 5 national Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Zenith Awards. And the list goes on (see This year (2015) SAGE was named the Authorised Integrator for the Baxter Robot in Australia.

Adrian Fahey was full of praise for the role that EMDG has played in enabling SAGE to break into computerised global supply chains, being a system integration company, specialising in industrial automation and control systems. He added, “The ability for SAGE to access funding to assist us in building our export market has really enabled our company to take our expertise to a world market. The benefits of exporting are two fold, not only does it provide the opportunity to expand your own business but it also gives you great insight into what is driving business outside of your domestic market, pushing you to innovate and stay ahead of the market. Without doubt the success we have achieved in our business outside of Australia has been greatly assisted by our access to the EMDG.”