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World leading SA company to call Tonsley home

World leading SA company to call Tonsley home

One of South Australia’s most successful businesses is relocating its headquarters to Tonsley in a major boost for Australia’s first innovation district.

SAGE Automation, which specialises in industrial automation and control systems, will move to the award-winning Main Assembly Building at Tonsley. The company will be located on the western side of the building in an area spanning approximately 3100 square metres – making it one of the building’s largest tenants.

The State Government is transforming Tonsley into a collaborative and high-value industry, education and residential precinct, where business people, researchers, tertiary students, industries, and companies can interact and innovate.


SAGE Automation provides industrial automation and control services for the defence, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining and utilities industries. It has entered a long term lease with State Government and will relocate their main operations from Melrose Park to Tonsley.

The State Government is working with SAGE on the detailed designs for their new headquarters and offices, which will provide SAGE Automation with valuable space to expand in the future.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister, Kyam Maher

SAGE Automation’s move will bring a significant South Australian company to Tonsley, adding to growing number of people working and studying on the site. The company is investing in the future of Tonsley, with approximately 120 staff to be based there.

SAGE Automation is one of our biggest success stories with, and sees the collaborative benefits being co-located with other innovative businesses at Tonsley. The company’s focus on innovative industrial automation, best practice LEAN manufacturing and technology driven training aligns with the State’s vision for Tonsley as an operating environment that facilitates high value industry, collaboration, and economic development.

SAGE Managing Director, Andrew Downs

SAGE Automation is delighted to be moving our national headquarters to the new Tonsley precinct. It is an excellent opportunity for our company to work side by side with organisations like ours, who are driving the industrial future of South Australia.

The transformation of our local industries will rely on innovative technology, so it is an excellent fit for SAGE Automation.

We share a rich history with the Tonsley site, having delivered a number of projects for Mitsubishi years ago. A walk through the site today still gives glimpses of the industrial equipment and automation which was the backbone of the Mitsubishi production line. The SAGE office will be located in the very same spot as the former Main Assembly Building.

Our work is delivered by cross functional teams of specialists, and the new facility being built for SAGE at Tonsley, will provide us with an office layout well suited to the collaborative way in which our team work.


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