Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

US benefits from Ulster gas systems

A SOFTWARE system devised to help Northern Ireland's gas industry operate more efficiently is now to go on sale in the US.

Belfast developer Tomcat Systems has signed an agreement with Oregon firm FirstPoint Energy Corporation which will see Tomcat's Utilize complete asset management system sold to US gas and electricity suppliers.

Belfast developer Tomcat Systems has signed an agreement with Oregon firm FirstPoint Energy Corporation which will see Tomcat's Utilize complete asset management system sold to US gas and electricity suppliers.

Brian McCrory, Tomcat's sales and marketing manager, said the software system was developed in association with Phoenix Natural Gas in 1998 and has been sold in the UK and Ireland.

"We saw an opportunity to expand our business by building export sales for Utilize in tandem with our work in marketing internationally our cardiac information management software for hospitals and clinics.

"In addition to our work in the healthcare sector, we have extensive experience in developing customised database software solutions for a wide range of commercial organisations from insurance companies to the gas industry."

The company's export drive was helped by Invest NI through pinpointing important contacts during a recent trade mission to the US.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI's trade director, said: "Tomcat is an excellent example of a company that has achieved success in the US by a structured approach using our Passport to Export and trade development programmes.

"Passport to Export is geared to the specific needs of both experienced and inexperienced exporters. It helps them to develop capabilities in areas such as market research, presentation, communications, negotiation and tendering."

Tomcat employs 28 people at its Belfast software development centre having taken on 10 extra staff in the past year to meet demand for its products.

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