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Lava Group looks to major international expansion

Lava Group's chief executive Gareth Morrison (right) with software engineer Stephen Ringland

BELFAST-based technology company the Lava Group plans to implement a new export strategy after Christmas, building on relationships it has already developed in Australia and Canada.

It comes as the company - which develops biometric solutions for the high security and health sectors - revealed that it has expected its workforce from 13 to 20 this year.

Lava has experienced a significant increase in existing business in 2015 while benefitting from a targeted strategy which has seen entry into new markets and industries.

The group won its largest ever contract, worth £500,000, to provide access control solutions for a new 168-cell prison currently being constructed in Cork.

Last month Lava Monitoring, a new company set up by Lava Group, started a trial of an innovative new lifebuoy monitoring system in Carrickfergus Harbour which has been designed to combat the risks associated with vandals stealing and damaging equipment from waterfronts.

Lava's chief executive Gareth Morrison said: “This year we have recruited for several new positions including software developers, installation engineers, electronic engineers and an operations manager. The Cork contract was a major win for the company and helped to spur on our growth plans for the year. It cemented our reputation within the high security market and demonstrated our ongoing commitment to innovation.

“We're competing against large scale global companies to find the talent for these positions and it can be difficult as the expectations of our applicants are constantly changing. As a small company we feel that we have a unique package to offer and we work very hard to provide our staff with the career development opportunities they are looking for."

He said that in 2016 Lava Group would be implementing a new export strategy, building on relationships it has already developed in Australia and Canada.

“We have two new products in the pipeline and we are looking forward to their launch,” he said.

“We anticipate that further recruitment will be required in order to allow us to continue to grow at the same rate and we look forward to building on our list of partnerships to begin more collaborative projects around the world.”

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