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SICE 100 years at society’s service through technology

January 28, 2021 Last 8th January 2021, SICE has turned 100 years old and every day during this last century, we have been very present in people’s lives. It is not easy to find a major city or town in Spain where SICE has not operated during its 100-year lifespan. Our presence ranges from street lighting, the intelligent management systems and security systems for urban traffic and motorway management systems, tunnels, tolling, and transport; to the handling of water resources, air quality, and many other services that are part of what we know today as “Smart Cities.” SICE has been working for 100 years to improve society’s quality of life through technology. One hundred years committed to the innovation of technology in the transportation sector; the development of telecommunications and environmental control networks that contribute to the sustainability of natural resources; controlling processes in different industries; and finally, since 1921, providing energy efficiency solutions through street lighting in many cities. Nowadays, we are more than 2,500 employees with a presence in more than 30 countries across five continents. When on the 8th January of 1921 in Bilbao, the Sociedad Ibérica de Construcciones Eléctricas was born, the founding partners could never have imagined the growing and national and international projection that the company would have. We have turned from building and selling electrical materials in Spain and Portugal into changing millions of citizens’ daily lives. We grew from delivering the first traffic lights in Madrid and Barcelona to centralizing the traffic management systems for complex infrastructures like Madrid Calle 30 or the Waterview (Auckland, New Zealand), WestConnex (Sydney, Australia), Miami, and Seattle (USA) tunnels. The list goes on and on. A century full of technological milestones shows the excellence, ability to evolve, innovation, anticipation, and adaptation that the company and its professionals have had throughout these years. We have always remained true to our values – a strong commitment to our clients, adding value, efficiency, and a drive to lead. A drive that dared us to undertake our first international projects in Latin America in the 1990s. Since then, we have continued growing and expanding worldwide: from the first international tolling project in Puerto Rico to the large tolling projects in Mexico and Free Flow in Chile, the United Kingdom, North America, and Australia. From the setting up and operation of security systems for Madrid Metro to the subway projects for Santiago, Chile, and Canada’s trams. We then saw SICE’s entry into the motorway operations and management system world through our firsts projects in Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza, and Seville with the Spanish Transport Authority (DGT), that grown into the management of large tunnels like the Somport or the Calle 30 projects, replicated and expanded upon in New Zealand, Australia, and the USA. Not many companies can see and celebrate their 100th anniversary. SICE has stood the test of time, and outlived regimes, wars, and changes of all types. All of this has been possible thanks, undoubtedly, to its clients that have trusted the company’s professional work - some of which have been with us for many years; thanks also to its partners, collaborators, and shareholders who have provided much-needed financial support in this long journey. However, especially thanks to its team of professionals: to their effort and tenacity, their perseverance, their drive to go further by developing technology for progress. All of this has placed SICE as a top player in global markets with its solutions for urban and motorway management systems traffic, tunnel control systems, transport systems, tolling, and environment. It is said that the past cannot be rewritten, but by looking at the past we can clearly identify the values that have, for the last century, remained unchanged as part of the company’s essence. This being the backbone of responsible work culture: one that is austere and honest, always willing to serve, and based on technology and innovation. SICE continues to be committed to contributing to society’s progress and well-being in a context that – at present and over the short term – continues to be difficult and full of uncertainties. We are more demanding and competitive than ever, in permanent evolution, facing new challenges and opportunities with our maximum capacity and solvency.  Embracing digital transformation as the key to our business’ future development and working to become innovation leaders. Since 1921 the world has certainly changed a lot - and SICE has evolved with it. Today we know that thanks to 100 years of effort and hard work, SICE will continue to greatly impact society, as it has done to date. So today, on our 100th anniversary, we just want to say: congratulations and that let’s go for the next century!!! Read more.

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Navantia Australia celebrates the arrival of NUSHIP Supply Arrives at Fleet Base East, Sydney

January 15, 2021 NUSHIP Supply, the Royal Australian Navy’s lead ship for the Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships, arrived in Sydney Harbour for the first time on Friday, 15 January 2021, berthing at Garden Island. Navantia Australia’s Managing Director Alfonso García-Valdés said today’s milestone signifies further progress in the AOR program. “We are extremely proud of the contribution all of those involved with the AOR program. We look forward to the next step in her progress, with the commissioning of NUSHIP Supply by the Royal Australian Navy. “Of course, our important work is not yet done. Navantia Australia remains focussed on delivering industry leading asset management, smart sustainment solutions and engineering services for not only the Supply class AORs, but all Navantia designed ships and craft.” Navantia Australia together with the Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), have formed the AOR System Program Office (AORSPO) Enterprise to deliver industry-leading asset management for the AOR capability. Navantia Australia will act as Prime Contractor and manage the through life support for these vessels for their first five years of service. As the design authority for the Supply class, Navantia Australia is providing configuration and baseline management as an integral component of the through life support for these vessels. Navantia is also the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the engines and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) installed on the ships. NUSHIP Supply will be commissioned into service with the Royal Australian Navy in the second quarter of 2021. Read more.

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Navantia delivers first Supply Class vessel to Navy

January 11, 2021 Defence’s contract with Spain’s Navantia S.A. has reached a major milestone with Ship Acceptance of the Royal Australian Navy’s First Supply-class vessel, NUSHIP Supply. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC was pleased to announce the formal acceptance of the Auxiliary Oilier Replenishment (AOR) ship, NUSHIP Supply from Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia S.A. “Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the Australian Government has worked with the prime and sub-contractors to innovate and implement solutions to deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s first Supply-class vessel Nuship Supply, based on the Spanish Cantabria design,” Minister Reynolds said. “The Australian Government remains committed to maximising Australian industry involvement in the shipbuilding enterprise. “Australian industry benefited with more than $130 million spent on engagement of local industry partners to support the ship’s fit out in Australia.” With Australia’s current replenishment capability reaching its end of life in 2021, NUSHIP Supply will be the first AOR to replace the retired HMAS Success and bridge Navy’s current capability gap. NUSHIP Stalwart expected to enter service in late 2021. The Australian Government signed contracts with Navantia S.A to build Australia’s two replacement auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ships in May 2016. NUSHIP Supply was launched in Ferrol, Spain, in November 2018 and arrived at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island Fleet Base West, Western Australia, on 2 October 2020 for final fit out and testing activities. NUSHIP Supply is expected to sail into her homeport of Sydney next week. Original ministerial release available here. Read more.

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