Leading Japanese anti-virus systems developer Trend Micro is to establish an EMEA shared services centre in Cork.
The investment, which is being supported by IDA Ireland, is expected to lead to the creation of over 100 new jobs within two years.
The new offices, which are expected to be located on the Model Farm Road in Cork, are scheduled to be in operation by July and recruitment is to begin immediately.
The facility will consolidate many EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) back office functions, including finance, order processing and shipping, currently based throughout Europe, into one location.
Founded in 1988, Trend Micro is a global leader in anti-virus and content security software and services. The company specialises in server-based virus protection with advanced management capabilities. The company also offers this same technology to consumers and small businesses. Well established in the US and Japan, the company is making a big push into the European market. It is currently developing some heavyweight enterprise anti-virus products to help its cause.
Making the announcement, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Mary Harney TD, said: “The Irish operation is seen as a strategic site for Trend Micro in Europe, where the company is experiencing significant growth. This announcement is yet another vote of confidence in Ireland’s highly skilled and motivated people. This is an endorsement of IDA’s policy of promoting high value activities for the economy.”
Anthony O’Mara, EMEA financial director and MD for Trend Micro Ireland, said: “Ireland has a solid reputation for being able to provide high levels of customer service and has a wealth of highly skilled resources. These factors, together with Cork’s developed infrastructure, made it a particularly suitable location for our centre.”
O’Mara will relocate from Trend Micro in the UK to take up the reins of the Irish operation.
Based in Tokyo, Trend Micro has 23 business units worldwide and over 1,800 employees.
By Brian Skelly