Fyfe purchases Adelaide process control company

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National consulting firm Fyfe has purchased Adelaide automation and process control firm Command Automation.

The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, was completed this month and will enable Fyfe to expand its engineering services in the oil and gas sector.

Fyfe’s Managing Director, Mark Dayman, said Command specialised in industrial automation and process control solutions and currently operated in the oil and gas, water and industrial sectors.

“Process control is an area which is increasingly relevant to our operations, particularly in the oil and gas sector, and this acquisition will enable us to further improve the service we offer our clients,” he said.

“It also opens up a new area of business for Fyfe – one we believe will play an important role in the future of the company."

Command will be set up as a separate division within Fyfe’s Energy and Resources business unit. Command was formed in 2010 by Luke Day. It has a team of three engineers plus support staff and turns over about $1 million a year.

All Command staff members have been offered positions within Fyfe. Dayman said that Command operated in a highly competitive field, but had been achieving strong success against larger providers.

“It has also been approved to perform third party inspection and sign-off on electrical equipment in hazardous areas, including gas, dust and coal mine environments,” he said. “This is a specialised area that opens up strong potential growth.”

Fyfe has offices throughout South Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, consulting to the oil and gas, resources, infrastructure and property industries.

In March this year it acquired Perth-based engineering practice, Robert Elks & Associates. Fyfe currently has more than 520 staff and annual turnover approaching $80 million.