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A doubly good deal for Whiteabbey-based data logger firm Acksen

A company that manufactures a product which monitors electricity supplies has clinched new business on two continents worth more than £500,000.

Whiteabbey-based Acksen has won first-time business in the US and Bulgaria for its data loggers, which keep track of conventional and solar sources of electricity.

Acksen's loggers are also used for energy management from fault-finding to testing.

The product from the Queen's University spin-out firm can also be used to solve supply problems and identify areas to improve efficiencies in energy use.

Charlene Thompson, Acksen's marketing manager, said the new business from the US is its "biggest so far".

"It is giving us a very strong base for growth in our most important market, where interest in technology that offers energy savings is a fast developing trend.

"A key selling point of our data loggers is that they offer continuous monitoring of energy input and thereby enable customers to develop measures to ensure cost-effective and more efficient use of electricity supply."

She added that the company has been encouraged by the growth in demand for the product from eastern European markets like Bulgaria.

She said interest had also been registered in the form of orders from Tanzania and Ghana.

Ms Thompson paid tribute to the support from Invest NI, which offered over £40,000 to assist with targeting new market opportunities, primarily in the US.

Acksen, which was established in 1994, currently employs five people and is a privately-held limited company with several key industrial shareholders.

It sells through a series of international resellers and distributors.

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