Set up by Sean McNicholl less than 2 years ago, Londonderry company Cornerstone Automation Systems (CASI) UK Ltd manufactures and integrates a full line of material handling systems for customers across a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical distribution, consumer goods and manufacturing. These include shipping systems, in-motion scales, sortation, box opening, order picking, receiving, as well as software and controls. It currently employs 15 staff.
In 2010, Sean approached Invest Northern Ireland for advice and support with starting the business and following rapid sales growth contacted the agency again in February 2012 to seek assistance with a £1 million expansion.
This investment will see the firm expand its operations and employ 12 additional staff. The company is also undertaking a substantial marketing programme to help it win new business throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Invest NI’s support towards this investment was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Sean McNicholl said: “Our aim is to become the leading supplier of turn-key automation solutions in the UK, Europe and Middle East. With Invest NI’s support we can put in place the resources we need to respond to the substantial market demand that exists for our products and solutions.”
Invest NI’s Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton visited the company last month and commented: “This ambitious company has identified opportunities in the automation, sortation and material handling systems market and since setting up in 2010 has enjoyed fast revenue growth.
“This increased investment will enable CASI to employ the skilled staff it needs to move to its next stage of growth and to undertake marketing to help it find new business outside of Northern Ireland.”
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