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Waagner-Biro supplies Sydney Opera House with new stage technology

8. September 2017

With more than 8.2 million visitors every year, Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most popular performing arts centres and Australia’s number one tourist attraction.

Waagner-Biro supplied the original stage machinery for Sydney Opera House more than 40 years ago, and the company has once again successfully tendered to upgrade the original technology, securing a contract that will run into tens of millions of euros.

Waagner-Biro supplied the original stage machinery for the Joan Sutherland Theatre (JST), the home of Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet, back in the 1960s. In fact, it was this prestigious contract that helped the company break into the international theatre technology market.

This crucial machinery has now reached the end of its operational life, so Waagner-Biro is set to replace it with new equipment. The entire new system will be steered using a Waagner-Biro CAT stage control module and can be centrally operated. The JST will be closed for seven months during the renovation work.

The Waagner-Biro Group’s success is founded on the highest levels of engineering expertise and more than 160 years of experience in structural steelwork and machine-building. The international construction company now employs more than 1,400 staff at 15 locations across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Waagner-Biro’s latest figures record a turnover of some EUR 194 million with an export ratio of 97%. The company’s business areas include steel and glass technology, bridge construction, stage gear and specialist machinery manufacturing.