Perth-based mining consultancy ATI Solutions joins Accenture
Accenture’s digital engineering and manufacturing practice has welcomed a team of 60 professionals in Perth following the acquisition of local mining and energy consultancy ATI Solutions.
As part of the deal, around 60 employees and contractors will now join Accenture’s Industry X division in Western Australia, which provides digital engineering and manufacturing services. Terms of the transactions have not been disclosed.
Steven Walsh, Accenture’s Industry X leader for Australia and New Zealand who joined the firm from Deloitte as a managing director late last year, stated: “Digital technology and automation in operations are a pivotal part of how leading asset-intensive companies drive value in their front-line operations. ATI Solutions Group’s long-standing expertise will strengthen our capability for clients in this area.”
ATI was established in 2010 by co-founders Tim Ashenden and Matt Andrews, the latter who was previously a consulting director at Ajilon (later rebranded as Modis and recently merged to form Akkodis), with the pair each bringing more than two decades of resources industry and consulting experience. The company will continue to operate under its own name, as ‘ATI, part of Accenture’.
In its own words, ATI provides “concept to commissioning” services, spanning strategy, process improvement, value delivery, technology selection, systems engineering and organisational transformation. Many of the world’s largest mining companies feature among ATI’s portfolio of clients, including BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale, with the firm also serving other industries such as shipping and rail.
For example, the company assists clients in automating and remotely running mines and rail networks, setting up smart maintenance workflows, analysing field data, and optimising operations – with ATI’s expertise in operational technology implementations cited as a particular strong point by Accenture. Better IT and OT integration, the firm says, allows for faster and more efficient automation.
“The combined capabilities of ATI and Industry X will be a game-changer,” the company stated in a post to LinkedIn. “We are confident this change will enable us to create compelling new offerings in the market, expand the value we deliver to clients, and open up great development opportunities for our people. Looking are forward to working with the Accenture Industry X team.”
Accenture also noted the high demand for specialised digital and industrial talent in West Australia, with the firm having only two years ago acquired another local heavy industries automation specialist Electro 80, which added a team of 100. More recently, the firm’s global Industry X practice was bolstered through the purchase of US-based infrastructure consultancy Anser Advisory.