Safety and security solutions pioneer Xtralis sets up international HQ in Ireland

13 Sep 2012

Xtralis, the global provider of early detection and visual verification safety and security solutions, has established its international operating headquarters in Dublin. The company will initially create 10 jobs at its Irish base and aims to employ 50 people as it grows its operations in Ireland.

Around for more than 25 years, Xtralis has customers in more than 100 countries and serves more than 60,000 customer sites through a worldwide network of more than 400 certified partners.

The company has R&D facilities in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Jordan, Switzerland and the UK, as well as sales offices around the world.

Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, marked the official establishment of Xtralis in Ireland at a reception in Dublin today.

“Xtralis decided to establish its global headquarters in Ireland because it recognised our pro-business environment, our talented workforce and the determination of this Government to create the climate for enterprise to flourish,” he said.

According to Samir Samhouri, chairman and CEO of Xtralis, a meeting with Kenny in Boston was instrumental to the company deciding to set up in Ireland.

“Our company was at a final stage in determining its preferred location for its international operating headquarters when I met the Taoiseach at a reception during his official visit to Boston last February,” said Samhouri.

“I was very impressed with his commitment to making Ireland ‘the best small country in the world to do business.’ It convinced me that we had to look at Ireland and it quickly became clear that the country had much to offer as a location.”

Samhouri also pointed to how IDA Ireland had given the company “excellent guidance” in helping Xtralis set up its Irish operation quickly.

Xtralis is a private company whose principal stakeholders are Pacific Equity Partners, an Australasian private-equity firm, and Blum Capital Partners, a US private-equity firm.

Samhouri also spoke today about Ireland’s opportunity to attract further investment from private equity-backed companies.

“Ireland offers an excellent environment for privately held companies, and we think this move will help us continue our rapid growth and expansion,” he said.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic