Press Release 01 Apr 2014


- Company Has Grown by 425% in Last Three Years and Forecasts Similar Growth by 2017

- Quality of Limerick Graduates Key to Company's Exponential Growth and Worldwide Expansions

Limerick - Tuesday 1st April 2014  - Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today announced that 50new high end technology based positions will be created over the 3 years by US software company KEMP Technologies at its EMEA HQ in Limerick, bringing its current Irish workforce to 80.  The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The company which has seven offices worldwide, with Limerick heading up the EMEA region, is a global leader in the development of the most advanced load balancers in the world that enable all types of SMEs and Global Groups to optimise their e-commerce and online traffic capabilities, such as online banking, email, web and cloud based applications. The company also intend to invest even more resources to accommodate their rapid expansion in the city's National Technology Park in Plassey.
Based in KEMP's Limerick EMEA HQ the new jobs will bolster the company's operations  in software R+D, quality assurance, CRM, marketing and operations. In addition to the highly skilled roles, a proportion of jobs will be for graduates.  The company will also add temporary roles for the KEMP Paid Co-op Program. So far KEMP has hired 90% of their work experience students from surrounding third level colleges due to their employability readiness and which has contributed to the company’s 425% growth since it set up in Ireland 3 years ago with just 3 people.
Making the announcement Minister Bruton said – “ICT is a sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and in recent years we have seen substantial jobs growth in this area. Today’s announcement that KEMP, a hugely innovative company in this area, is more than doubling its operations in Ireland with the creation of 50 high end jobs is great news for Limerick and for Ireland. This is a leading tech company, growing rapidly in Limerick, creating jobs rapidly and recruiting young people from local third level institutes and from placement programmes – a model of what we are trying to deliver in areas around the country”.

"Choosing Limerick as KEMP's gateway to international Market expansion has turned out to be a tremendous success story for the company” said Ray Downes, KEMP Technologies CEO. “Since the first investment the intervening three years has seen an almost five times worldwide revenue growth and headcount increase. Our international business is now 45% of global revenues. Having recently raised expansion capital to take us through the next number of years it was an easy decision to build on the talent and leadership pool we already have based in Limerick. The bar is raised as the charter of the operation in Limerick will increase to include some global responsibilities in software development, QA, marketing and operational roles."

Welcoming the expansion, Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland said “IDA Ireland targeted KEMP Technologies as part of the agency’s strategy to attract high potential companies to set up strategically important business functions in Ireland.  It is very gratifying to see KEMP Technologies ramp up its operations quickly in Limerick, create additional jobs and increase its global mandate. 

Load balancers are no longer just a requirement for the large multinationals but now a 'must have' for businesses of all sizes in a world where the constant exponential growth of online data traffic often sees company servers crashing resulting in revenue losses of billions of dollars worldwide. Companies need huge scalability for future online traffic as internet use especially throughout Asia and Africa is set to explode and KEMP is ready to benefit through its affordable advanced load balancers that prevent potential online crash catastrophes.
Since its establishment in Limerick and its accelerated growth, the Limerick team have expanded operations into 55 countries and are now exporting into emerging markets such as Japan, Russia, India, China and South Africa

KEMP's clients include Audi, Hyundai, McMillan Cancer Research, English FA and RTE to name a few.
About KEMP Technologies
Since 2000, with over 15,000 worldwide clients and offices in America, Europe, Asia and South America, KEMP Technologies has been a leader in driving the price/performance value proposition for load balancers and application delivery controllers to levels that their customers can afford. Their products’ versatile and powerful architecture provide the highest value, while enabling our customers to optimize their businesses that rely on Internet-based infrastructure to conduct business with their customers, employees and partners.

Kemp's Target Market
KEMP’s broad market focus includes small-to-medium sized businesses, Fortune 1000 enterprises, remote enterprise branch offices, managed service providers and public sector clients, who view end-user satisfaction and IT web and application infrastructure reliability and optimization as mission-critical to their long-term success.
For further information:
Brian Purcell, Big Picture Communications - 087 9678921
Gillian Kelly, Press officer, IDA Ireland – 087 1789893
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