Global technology consultancy Accenture has acquired Australian operational tech (OT) company Electro 80, expanding its local capabilities to improve the safety and efficiency of manufacturing and production.
Electro 80 provides OT for Australian and international clients in the mining, energy, engineering, construction and utilities industries, helping them to digitise and automate. It boasts partnerships with Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Auvesy and others.
According to Sergej Divkovic, Electro 80’s Managing Director, “As part of Accenture, we will bring integrated solutions at scale that transform the way capital projects are planned, managed and executed. These can help new and existing clients drive new revenue and growth.”
The acquisition follows the year of dramatic transformative shifts occurring in the resources and manufacturing sectors as a result of the COVID pandemic.
According to Tara Brady, Market Unit Lead for Accenture in Australia and New Zealand, “Resources and asset-intensive companies are increasingly looking for ways to deliver more with less and, at the same time, in a more sustainable way.
“Digital and automation technologies will be fundamental in delivering these outcomes.”
Electro 80 claims that its digital and OT expertise will bring opportunities to drive both revenue and growth to Accenture’s clients. Accenture, for its part, argues that the capabilities of Electro 80 will strengthen its Industry X partnerships in the region.
Industry X is Accenture’s branding term for using data and industry intelligence to guide business transformation strategies.
According to Glenn Heppell, Accenture’s Resources Lead for Australia and New Zealand. “Electro 80 brings to Accenture a strong industry footprint with clients in priority industries. By working together with Electro 80, we can ensure our resources clients can better detect and address quality issues, more accurately prevent machine failure in their operations, and most importantly, innovate for the future.”