New exporters for Belfast-created thermometer firm
A Belfast company that invented a ground-breaking new non-contact thermometer for use in hospitals is set to create five new jobs after securing major export partners in 11 new countries.
Medical technology experts TriMedika, located at the Innovation Factory in west Belfast, has created a new hi-tech, non-contact infrared thermometer.
The device is said to drastically reduce the potential for infection and eliminates the use of millions of plastic disposable probe covers every year.
The company said it's now creating the new jobs after the device received a positive reception and is also moving ahead with plans to expand their operations into the Republic.
Chief operating officer Julie Brien said: "We are moving ahead with plans to open another operation across the border.
"There was reluctance with distributors due to the uncertainty of Brexit so we needed an authorised representative in Europe so we will set up an office across the border."
Ms Brien said this new operation will not be too far across the border and will be opening this year.
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The new thermometer, called the Tritemp, is already being used in 16 countries and following attendance at international trade show Medica in Dusseldorf, the company has identified additional channel partners in new territories including Brazil, Mexico, all four Scandinavian countries, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Poland and Croatia.
Ms Brien and Dr Roisin Molloy formed TriMedika in 2016 after carrying out extensive research into new equipment to meet the changing requirements of medical staff and organisations.
Dr Molloy said: "The main aim of the National Health Service is to reduce infection, save costs and reduce waste.
"A 900-bed hospital takes around one to two million temperature readings per year, which means one to two million plastic caps for disposal and one to two million unnecessary contact points with patients.
"In Tritemp we have created something that does away with this, reducing the potential for infection and eliminating tons of plastic waste."