Press Release 03 Dec 2010

Application Delivery/Load Balancing Company chooses Ireland as the location for its first European Corporate Operation

Limerick, Friday 3rd December 2010 - Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources Conor Lenihan, TD today announced that KEMP Technologies, a US based information technology company providing server load balancing solutions for small to medium enterprises and internet service providers, is to locate its European Sales and Marketing Headquarters in Limerick. The investment is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of IDA. 

Ireland provides KEMP with all the necessary requirements for the establishment of its EMEA Headquarters including a highly skilled workforce, access to an excellent research base at the University of Limerick, and the availability of competitively priced technology equipped office space.Kevin Mahon, President of KEMP Technologies  

Kemp offers a variety of products in the emerging area of application delivery/load balancing controllers for server management in data centres, both physical and virtual. These internet controllers allow companies to reduce the risk of losing customers and revenue as a result of network downtime or increased traffic volumes. Prior to this announcement KEMP had no direct corporate presence in Europe. The company has over 3, 000 customers worldwide with Europe accounting for one third of its market. The Limerick operation will focus on KEMP’s expansion in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

Minister Lenihan described the investment as 'an important high-tech boost for Limerick.  Kemp operates in an emerging area in the information communications technology sector and the investment will initially create 10 jobs with the potential to develop more over the next two years in the National Technology Park in Limerick.

'The highly skilled will be in sales and technical support and they align well with the Government’s strategy for a smart economy based on sustainable employment in growth sectors,' said Minister Lenihan.

Commenting on the announcement Kevin Mahon, President of KEMP Technologies  said, ‘Ireland provides KEMP with all the necessary requirements for the establishment of its EMEA Headquarters including a highly skilled workforce, access to an excellent research base at the University of Limerick, and the availability of competitively priced technology equipped  office space. KEMP in Limerick will focus on the development of the EMEA market.  The successful establishment of the operation will increase the capability of KEMP  to carry out advanced sales, marketing and customer support s from a European base.’

IDA CEO Barry O’Leary said, ‘The establishment of KEMP’s operation in Ireland is in keeping with IDA’s mandate to attract foreign direct investment from emerging businesses, which is a key focus for IDA in the Mid West Region  . The Irish operation will manage all revenue streams from across the EMEA region. In addition to sales and marketing and technical support, the Limerick facility will act as a distribution point for KEMP’s load balancers where they will be custom tested and configured on site prior to being shipped to customers across the EMEA region.’

‘I would like to offer the continued support of IDA Ireland to KEMP  in the set-up and growth of its Irish operation.’

For further information please contact:

KEMP Technologies, EMEA.
Ray Downes
DDI:      +353 (0)61 260102
Mobile:  +353 (0)87 8116711
Skype:    ray.downes
rdownes@kemptechnologies.com

IDA Ireland
Thomas McEvoy, Media and PR Manager, Tel: 01 603 4255, Mob: 087 7426684

DETI
Bernard Mallee Special Adviser on Press and Communications
Tel: +353 1 631 3944
Fax: +353 1 631 2828  
Mobile: +353 87 9173022
Email: bernard.mallee@deti.ie