Dublin-headquartered enterprise web content management provider pTools has announced a new contract with Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie. While the financial details of the deal have not been disclosed pTools described it as a significant win. Developed with pTools’ content management software services, Heenan Blaikie’s new website – heenanblaikie.com – delivers detailed lawyer profiles and expertise for its 575 lawyers and professionals worldwide. pTools will assist the law firm’s web-based development, focused on Canada and France. Founded 40 years ago in Montreal, Heenan Blaikie now has nine offices across Canada, as well as a Paris office and Singapore representative office. “This overhaul of our website reflects what we have heard…

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Asia-Pacific fastest growing region for Kerry Group

Despite tough conditions in Europe, food group Kerry has reported a 10.9pc increase in sales revenue for the first nine months of the year to €4.4bn and trading profit growth of 12.1pc. In the ingredients and flavours part of the business, the Americas region achieved solid growth of 2.4pc “through successful layering of technologies and innovation”. Indianapolis-based Millennium Foods was acquired in August further strengthening Kerry’s technologies serving dairy, culinary and prepared meals end-use-markets. And Griffith do Brasil, a specialist manufacturer of meat systems, flavours and texturant systems was also acquired – extending the group’s capability to serve added-value growth segments of the Brazilian meat industry. In the EMEA region,…

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Taoiseach opens Zenith Technologies' new US HQ

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has officially opened the new US headquarters of Zenith Technologies in Pennsylvania during his business trip to the US. Headquartered in Ireland and supported by Enterprise Ireland, Zenith Technologies is an automation and engineering company principally servicing the life science industry. It was founded in 1998 and has worldwide revenue of $50m and US revenues of over $12m. With 14 offices worldwide, it employs over 370 people. Fifty of these people are in the US and the company expects to double its workforce there over the next two years. Zenith has a diverse client base in the US including Amgen, Baxter, BMS, Dow, Grifols, GSK,…

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In light of the Enterprise Ireland Minister-led trade mission to Brazil starting today, Clear Currency provides an exporter’s guide to the market. The Brazilian economy is now sixth largest in the world and showed a solid performance during the 2008 financial crisis. Its strong and early recovery, including 2010 growth of 7.5pc, have contributed to the country’s transition from a regional to a global power. GDP growth is forecast to be 1.9pc in 2012 and 4pc in 2013. Concerns regarding global economic conditions drove the central bank to reduce interest rates to a record low of 7.5pc from 8pc to help kick-start the economy. In recent years prolonged high interest…

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A company set up by Kerryman Kieran O’Keefe, MobileWebAdz has been recognised by the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 as the fourth fastest growing technology company in the UK. Headquartered in London, MobileWebAdz specialises in the field of mobile internet advertising, displaying 18 billion ads a month across mobile websites in over 200 countries, positioning it within the top ten companies in the world in this sector. O’Keefe founded it originally as Smart Tech in 2002 and then focused on mobile advertising in 2005 and has since rebranded as MobileWebAdz. Its main markets include Europe, the US, South East Asia, South America and the Far East. Now employing 38 people…

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Graham Ryan and Michelle O’Beirne

Some 35 graduates are to be allocated to global markets across five continents as part of this year’s Jameson Graduate Programme, the highest number since it began in 1991. The 35 graduates will have the opportunity to work as a Jameson brand ambassador for one year in an international market. For the first time, two production graduates will based in Ireland and one graduate will be based in Japan; an emerging market for the Jameson brand. The programme combines a mixture of field and office based activities and throughout the year, brand ambassadors will deal on a daily basis with local businesses across the various markets. There are currently 65…

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Kinesense in Dublin receives 620k investment

Kernel Capital is leading a €620,000 investment in Kinesense, which has developed CCTV video solutions which are in deployment with police forces and security agencies in Ireland, UK, Europe, Canada and North Africa. The company was founded in 2009 by Sarah Doyle and Mark Sugrue and currently employs six people in Dublin. “As the global video surveillance market continues to grow exponentially due to rising concerns for security and safety, the explosive growth in the number of CCTV cameras has meant that the volume of data produced has become almost unmanageable,” Kernel Capital said. Kinesense specialises in video content analytics (VCA) technology which enables the automatic detection of events in…

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CEO of Crospon John O’Dea

Galway-based medical device developer Crospon has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US for the use of its EndoFLIP system in gastroenterology applications. CEO of Crospon John O’Dea said this clearance was important for Crospon as it allows it to market the EndoFLIP system in the US for gastroenterology applications for the first time. “Not only is this the company’s first cleared application for gastroenterology, but it also represents the first reimbursed application for the product.” The newly cleared Barostat software option extends the FDA cleared uses for the system beyond measurements taken during gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy bariatric surgery procedures. They now include…

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A Vendome whiskey

Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech is moving its whiskey business to Ireland, the birthplace of whiskey and of the president and founder of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons. The Vendome whiskey stills, used by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company and made in Louisville, Kentucky, were shipped over on 22 August. The whiskey will be distilled in Carlow Brewing Company in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Separately, Alltech ale brand Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale will be featured in the Irish Craft Beer Festival taking place in the RDS on the 7– 9 September. This year marks 221 years since the Whiskey Rebellion, a revolution of early Irish settlers in North America against George…

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One of the most notable things about Irish exports to Russia is that indigenous companies contribute more to the total than in other export markets, according to Constantin Gurdgiev, economist and chair of the Ireland-Russia Business Association. “Focusing on goods shipments in the first quarter, it is very much apparent that a broad spread of trade categories is represented. Medical devices and pharmaceuticals make up only 12pc of total goods exports to Russia, compared to 50pc of the total going to other markets,” he says. “One-tenth of exports to Russia are of meat and meat preparation products – a significant proportion – and 8pc of the total is coffee/tea/chocolate.” He…

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