Kainos expands Polish business with office for 500 staff
Software company Kainos is expanding its operations in Poland with a new office which could double its workforce there.
The Belfast-based firm's new base in Poland can hold 500 staff, double the current number there.
Kainos said the rapid growth in the volume of global projects has resulted in the expansion. The team will be working on a range of projects, including Kainos Evolve and Kainos Smart.
Co Antrim-born Brendan Mooney, chief executive of Kainos, added the expansion highlighted "not only the company's success in Poland to date, but also our ambition to remain as one of the most committed and attractive high-tech employers".
"Our Polish colleagues have consistently delivered high-quality, innovative work, and form an essential part of the company's growth plans," he said.
"Gdansk has proven to be a very fertile location for recruiting technical talent and expertise. We are consistently impressed by the calibre and enthusiasm of the graduates and experienced professionals we employ."
The announcement from Kainos comes as it revealed it was working with US health tech firm InTouch Health.
The pair will develop a series of products for the health industry, integrating Kainos' technologies to improve areas such as communication and the sharing of patient data.
In July last year, Kainos became one of just three Northern Ireland firms on the London Stock Exchange. During the first six months of trading as a listed company, the software firm achieved an impressive turnover figure of £37m.
It has grown staff numbers to 800 across its seven offices, with 440 of these working at the company's base in Belfast.
Kainos helps the healthcare industry and the Government digitise their work.
Brendan Mooney, who hails from just outside Dunloy, joined Kainos in 1989. At that time, it employed little more than a dozen staff.
Speaking about his company's partnership with InTouch Health, Mr Mooney said: "We believe that tele-medicine will transform the way in which healthcare is delivered.
"This partnership between InTouch Health and Kainos Evolve provides the right capability to support this transformation".
Dr Yulun Wang, chief executive at InTouch Health, added: "We are excited about working with Kainos Evolve.
"The flexibility and power of the Evolve platform, combined with the breadth of the InTouch customer base and solution offerings, has the potential to make a significant impact on the care of patients across the US and beyond."
Turnover in Kainos' first six months of trading as a limited company