Belfast tech company to double its workforce

8 Apr 2003

Belfast-based hi-tech company Andor Technology, which makes specialist cameras for the nanotechnology and life sciences industry, has announced it is to double its workforce.

The company currently has 83 staff in Belfast and further 20 sales staff in Japan, the US and Europe.

It now plans to take on a further 87 staff at its operations in Springvale Business Park over the next three years, representing an investment of €8.7m (£6m sterling).

It’s understood the investment is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland and will provide for more space for manufacturing and R&D.

Ian Pearson, the minister with current responsibility for enterprise, trade and investment in the North, said: “World-class companies such as Andor enhance Northern Ireland’s reputation as a global centre of excellence in the leading-edge technology required for the growing life sciences market.”

The company was originally formed as an off-shoot from research at Queen’s University’s physics department.

By Suzanne Byrne