Irish-owned mobile technology solutions provider Heavey RF Group is setting up a new international software R&D centre in Little Island, Co Cork, with the company planning to create 20 software development jobs within the next three years.
Heavey RF said today the jobs will be for senior and junior software developers, with 10 of the roles set to be filled within the next six months.
In operation since 1999, the company supplies mobile technology solutions to the logistics, manufacturing, field service, retail and transport sectors.
CEO Ronan Clinton said Heavey RF looked at a number of locations for the new R&D centre, including Eastern Europe, but decided on Cork.
"We selected Cork for our new development centre based on the high quality of both education and people in that region," he said.
The company, which is headquartered in Park West Business Park in Dublin, is also planning an international expansion programme. While it already has a UK office in Buckinghamshire, Heavey RF is also planning to open an office in Germany in 2013.
As well as this, its subsidiaries in Poland and Australia will be rebranded under the Heavey RF name, with a stronger emphasis on the software solutions developed in Ireland.
The group plans to double employment from 25 people at the start of 2012 to 50 in 2013. The company anticipates that its 2012 revenues will reach €7.5m in 2012, with the aim of hitting the €10m mark by 2013.
Clinton said growth was being driven by increased awareness of the need for manufacturers and distributors to cut costs and boost productivity.
“Our track record with blue-chip companies in achieving measurable business results, such as increased productivity and reduction in error rates, is driving demand for our solutions globally," he said.
One of the focuses of Heavey RF’s new R&D centre in Cork will be to further develop its VocalPoint voice solution for distributors and manufacturers.
The company’s global customers include DHL, Syncreon, Glanbia, Kerry Group and Cadbury.