Groupe FIVA, the French engineering and manufacturing services company that acquired Cadgile Pty Ltd in October last year, has acquired a majority stake in another South Australian engineering design firm, Kadego Pty Ltd. The St.Mary’s-based company, founded in 1999, specialises in virtual reality product design and digitisation and will work collaboratively with Cadgile Pty Ltd to offer a comprehensive Industry 4.0-enabling engineering design support capability to the market.
Under the arrangement, all 12 Kadego staff will be retained as will its name and brand identity but the firm will relocate to its own space within Cadgile’s new 320 Port Road office premises. Groupe FIVA believes that the coming together of Cadgile and Kadego, which have a history of collaboration, will advance South Australia’s sovereign capability in engineering design support services and ultimately create a centre of excellence that can be promoted nationally and even internationally.
Yannick Vergez, CEO of Groupe FIVA said that Kadego’s experience and capabilities in visualisation and digitisation of design, especially its virtual reality services, have a very important role to play in assisting the French engineering and manufacturing services company deliver on its partnership with ASC to develop a submarine design workforce. Groupe FIVA has extensive experience in global projects, especially naval and defence applications, with a workforce of more than 300 engineers and technicians in France, Spain and Australia. It recently won the 2019 NAVAL GROUP Export Award for their development in Australia.
“Kadego and Cadgile have very complementary services and their collaboration will add to the long-term sustainability of both companies whilst empowering us to deliver world-class local solutions to our Australia clients,” explained Mr Vergez.
Gavan Doyle, Managing Director of Kadego Pty Ltd said that joining Cadgile under the banner of Groupe FIVA will open doors for his company as well as creating access to Cadgile and Groupe FIVA’s additional knowledge, experience and resources.
“Our focus naturally shifted from Automotive Manufacturing to Defence in recent times and we have worked with leading companies like Minelab, Redarc and BAE and therefore our services in design visualisation and digitisation are particularly valuable to Groupe FIVA,” stated Mr Doyle.
“The defence sector is rapidly evolving under the influence of cyber-physical systems, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), automation and big data,” explained Mr Doyle.
“This is the value we add to Groupe FIVA’s work in South Australia and also what we can offer to Cadgile and its clients.”
Kadego also offers prototyping services which allows clients to conceptualise and design models which can then be produced as prototypes in its custom workshop.
“Around 30% to 40% of our client stable are new clients from a variety of industry sectors that are also undergoing transformation as part of the Industry 4.0 revolution,” added Mr Doyle.
Cadgile General Manager, Gary McRae welcomed the incorporation of Kadego as a Groupe FIVA company.
“This is good news all round, especially for our current and future clients,” explained Mr McRae.
“Our skills and experience are highly complementary, and our formal collaboration represents a very compelling option to the market and growth opportunities for our combined staff.”
Groupe FIVA has extensive experience in global projects, especially naval and defence applications, with a workforce of more than 300 engineers and technicians in France, Spain and Australia.