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Manufacturing Capabilty Update

Published: November 30, 2012 - Updated: July 4, 2016

Customers of SAGE Automation have always gained extraordinary continuity by having the design, manufacture and testing of their solution, all under one roof.  

In 2011, SAGE Automation was delighted to be awarded a grant of $475,759 from the Australian Government and South Australian Government under the South Australia Innovation and Investment Fund Industry Development Program (SAIIF).  

This grant contributed to an investment in excess of $1M towards creating a world class manufacturing capability to create efficiency in our business and even greater outcomes for our customers.

SAGE has always had the capability of manufacturing control panels, but today we celebrate a manufacturing capability which sets us apart from our competitors.  The recent improvements deliver a greatly enhanced efficiency to our operation, enabling us to remain competitive in price and offer an all under one roof solution for small, large, complex and time-critical projects.

This capability as an integral part of our business and the recent innovation stretches well beyond the workshop to include procurement and supply chain management, stores and site installation. The improvements include:

  • Upgrades to our stores facility and processes – improving our flow of materials 
  • CNC machine specifically built for panel cut out, the first of its kind installed in Australia
  • Duct cutter machine
  • Work cell layout – building efficiency by ensuring tools and consumables are at hand
  • Portable workbenches – providing a flexible layout and ability to park jobs on hold
  • Valued partner to OEM customers providing a reliable supply of customised industrial control solutions, cable kits and spare parts managed by a Kanban system

Today, SAGE welcomed South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherall to SAGE who toured SAGE with his Advanced Manufacturing Taskforce, and officially opened the new facility before SAGE customers and staff.  In describing SAGE, Premier Weatherill said "SAGE is a company which really ticks every box in terms of our ambitions for how we would like to see our manufacturing sector grow and prosper”.

The Premier saw control panels which will power the Air Warfare Destroyers, The Ranger Uranium mine in the Northern Territory as well as the North South Interconnector System Project for SA Water.

SAGE Group founder and Managing Director, Andrew Downs has said of the facility, “Looking over the technology and capabilities housed within our manufacturing facility now is a wonderful thing.  It’s particularly pleasing when you consider our company got its start all those years ago in my backyard shed. We’ve definitely come a long way”.

Andrew Downs went on to say “today we celebrate a manufacturing capability which sets us apart from our competitors, featuring leading edge technology from across the globe to create an all-under-one-roof manufacturing solution for operators of projects small, large, complex and time-critical.”

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