Medical thermometer firm eyes up overseas expansion
Northern Ireland-based medical devices company Trimedika is planning to expand into Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The company, founded by Julie Brien and Roisin Molloy, sells hi-tech thermometers which can read temperatures without touching the body.
Ms Brien said: "We're growing a level up now, we need to grow the sales team and the support team. That will allow us to start to develop in markets where we have distributor contact but haven't set them up yet. That would include the Middle East, Scandinavia, other parts of Europe and we are given serious consideration to parts of Africa."
There are four people working for Trimedika - which is based on Belfast's Springfield Road - with plans to take on another five by the end of next year.
She said that new sales people would focus on developing relationships with existing distributors, while she and Ms Molloy will work on entering into new distribution deals internationally. The business's main markets are the UK and Ireland but it has distributors in Chile and Australia.
The company secured investment of £150,000 this year with no plans to raise further funding.
Ms Molloy said that the company has "never been in the red and we have a healthy bank balance". Trimedika has had major breakthroughs in accessing hospitals in recent months.
Its products have been adopted by the Business Services Framework in Northern Ireland, which services the six trusts in Northern Ireland which sell into hospitals. It is also on the NHS supply chain, and its products are now available on the Republic's HSE equivalent.