A message from SAGE founder, Andrew Downs

Our Company

SAGE Automation is Australia’s leading independent system integration company specialising in industrial automation and control systems.

SAGE designs, constructs, supports and improves industrial control and automation solutions and provides advanced training to enhance the skills of those who work with this technology every day.

We work with customers in the defence, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining and utilities sectors to Deliver Certainty in their control and automation challenges.

We are a company founded on strong values. They make us who we are.

  • Health, Safety and Environment - the foundation of everything we do
  • Commitment - we are all accountable for delviering certainty and exceptional outcomes
  • Quality - We pursue excellence in everything we do
  • Knowledge Sharing - We collaborate to learn and grow
  • Team - We work as one with our people, clients and partners
  • Passion - We all own the journey and celebrate our success


A message from our CEO, Adrian Fahey

“I joined SAGE Automation back in 1998. A young and dynamic company, SAGE was founded on                                                     strong values which remain true Adrian_Fahey_CEO_SAGE_Automationtoday.

SAGE still attracts the industry’s most talented and passionate people. People who enjoy exciting career opportunities and delivering exceptional outcomes for our clients.

I was appointed CEO of SAGE Automation back in 2008 and since that time, with the support of my executive team, SAGE has grown to become a national business, with offices around the country and our first international office in India.

I have watched our team deliver projects in emerging industries; support clients to remain sustainable in challenging markets; integrate leading edge technology; become the first Australian company certified to the international standards of the Control System Integration Association; receive a string of awards for their work, and so much more.

I couldn’t be more proud of this great company and every person that has been a part of the journey so far.

So I hope that whether you are visiting our website looking for a wonderful place to progress your career, a client looking for a partner to support your business, or a member of our industry, looking to connect, you will find it here at SAGE.”



A message from SAGE founder, Andrew Downs

Andrew Downs“The extraordinary growth and success of SAGE has been an incredible journey – and it all started with an unbounded passion and enthusiasm that still burns just as brightly today.

The company began in 1994 when I was running the electrical department for Bridgestone. I was constantly disappointed with the poor service on offer from contractors. This frustration sparked the launch of SAGE.  I knew that a new, energetic company with the right attitude could do better.

From day one, SAGE was totally committed to excellent customer service.

I know, every company makes that claim – but SAGE cemented that promise by ensuring we only hired people who shared the passion to drive exceptional outcomes for our clients.

Our team members are hard-working, loyal and love performing at a high level. As a result, our reputation has grown and so has our business, with the country's most iconic and successful brands among our customers.

Loyal and diligent employees live our core values and are empowered to deliver certainty for our clients. It’s an exceptional culture and one of which we are fiercely proud.

As a result, clients enjoy a true relationship with SAGE as a service provider.

SAGE started for all the right reasons – to provide better customer service and add value - we have stuck to our core competencies rather than pretend to be all things to all people.

SAGE is now the largest independent systems integration company in Australia and ranks among the world’s best.

We have worked extremely hard over the years to become known for our high quality, trust, responsibility and reliability.

We didn’t get to where we are today by accident. What we do, we do very well.

I’ve lost none of the passion that drove me to form and build SAGE in the first place. It’s a passion shared by everyone who works at SAGE and that drives the outcomes for our clients.

And so the journey towards excellence continues – for our clients, our team and for me.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.”



Our Promise

There is a natural enthusiasm and optimism about our people that gives SAGE an important intensity and dynamism.

There is a powerful unifying sense of shared purpose within SAGE, regardless of who it is within the organisation or what role they play.

SAGE is single minded about delivering certainty to our clients’ endeavours.  Our people understand the power of industrial automation and control systems and importantly, know how to unlock it.

‘Deliver Certainty’ reflects strongly the emotional energy and technical know-how that underpins everything we undertake.

How can we Deliver Certainty for your business?


Our Journey

1994  -  Founded from humble beginnings

1996  -  Established Adelaide office and workshop

1997  -  Achieved ISO9001:2000 certification

1999  -  Delivered first $1 million contract

2000  - Established publicly unlisted company structure

2000  -  40 employees, $10 million turnover

2001  - Acquired PEP™ [Project Execution Practice]

2002  -  International automation and control membership (CSIA)

2003  -  100 employees, $20 million turnover and Melbourne office opened

2004  -  Andrew Downs, Managing Director, awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

2005  -  Established SAGE Service and Design groups

2006  -  SAGE Automation listed on the ‘Top 100’ South Australian companies index

2007  -  Initial executive share offering

2007  -  Opened Sydney, Brisbane and Whyalla offices

2008  -  220 employees, $40 million turnover and national footprint

2008  -  SAGE Graduate Program named The Australian Human Resources Institute’s People Management Initiative of the Year

2008  -  Acquired Prisma and opened Darwin office 

2009  -  255 employees, $50 million turnover

2009  -  First Australian company certified to the global quality benchmark of the Control System Integration Association (CSIA)

2009  -  SAGE signs multi-million dollar MOU with Navantia for the AWD and LHD ships

2010  -  Top 20 SA Innovation Awards - Perryman's Gingerbread Icing Robot project

2010  -  Ty Borlace named South Australian Apprentice of the Year

2010  -  Achieved ISO14001:2004 and AS/NZS4801:2001 certification 

2010  -  Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Zenith Awards:

          -  Infrastructure - Port River Expressway Project

          -  Food and Beverage - Mildura Fruit Juices Australia Fire Recovery Project

2011  -  SAGE wins Defence Teaming Centre ‘Outstanding SME’ award

2011  -  SAGE wins Water Industry Alliance ‘Market Star’ award

2011  - Tasmania office opened

2011  - Acquired Wellard Technologies automation and controls division in Western Australia

2012  - SAGE forms JV with Project Engineering to form Prozess, delivering bankable intelligence to manufacturers

2012  - Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Zenith Award:

           - Water and Wastewater Categoy - State Water iSMART SCADA Upgrade 

2013  - BRW Client Choice Awards finalist

            - Best South Australian Firm

            - Services to the Manufacturing Sector 

2013  - SAGE wins Schneider Electric Innovative Project Design award (SA/NT) for the NSISP project

2013  - SAGE wins both category and overall project of the year at the Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Zenith Awards:

           - Automotive and Manufacturing category - Chemring Countermeasures Manufacturing Facility

           - Overall Project of the Year -  Chemring Countermeasures Manufacturing Facility

2013  - Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Awards finalist - Most Innovative Manufacturing Company

2014  - Schneider Integration Partner Awards:

          - Outstanding Engineering Project (VIC) - City West Water Enterprise SCADA Replacement Project

          - Outstanding Engineering Project (SA) - SA Water Queensbury Pump Station Upgrade

          - System Integration Partner of the Year

2014  - Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Zenith Award:

          - Transport, Power and Infrastructure Category - Pacific National In-line Fuel Delivery System 

2015  - SAGE named the Authorised Integrator for the Baxter Robot in Australia

2015  - Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Zenith Awards:

          - Transport, Power and Infrastructure category - Sydney Harbour Bridge Electronic Lane Change Control System

          - Water and Wastewater category - City West Water Enterprise SCADA replacement project 

          - SAGE Acquires Rowanco Switchboards

2016  - SAGE Business Optimisation Division merges with Nukon

          - Process and Control Engineering (PACE) Zenith Awards:

          - Manufacturing Control category - High Explosives Control System Upgrade

          - Lifetime Achievement Award - Principal Engineer, Peter Maasepp

          - SAGE acquires 37South Service and Project Delivery capabilities