Cookstown Electronics Firm Sparks Global Success

Mar 18, 2015

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Pictured (left) is Ian Murphy, Invest NI, with Paul Creighton, Managing Director of AES.

Cookstown-based Advanced Electronic Solutions (AES) is experiencing rapid growth in its export business with support from Invest Northern Ireland.

AES designs and manufactures the largest range of wireless and GSM intercom systems in the world, based on its innovative wireless technology. Its product, WiFi Gate Intercom, is a world-first piece of technology, and has already received advance orders in the US and Europe worth £100,000 ahead of the official launch of the product this month.

Since it was established five years ago, AES has seen a rapid increase in sales and is now exporting to 20 countries. Invest NI recently offered AES £29,400 of support towards recruiting an additional Sales Manager; researching and developing new markets; developing a new brand image and attending tradeshows and exhibitions in new markets.

Managing Director Paul Creighton commented: “We are delighted with the traction our technology has gained across a number of continents in a short amount of time.

“Invest NI’s support has been central to this success to date and with their assistance we are working towards that next step in our international growth strategy. Employing a dedicated sales manager for Great Britain is enabling our current sales manager to focus on export business.

“During the next 24 months we aim to research opportunities across South Africa, Canada, Germany, France and Italy and further develop our brand awareness among customers in the US and Southern American markets.”

AES, based in Kilcronagh Industrial Estate, currently employs 15 staff, eight of whom were supported under previous Invest NI Jobs Fund offers.

Ian Murphy, Invest NI’s Director of Growth and Scaling, said: “AES’ understanding of overseas market requirements, together with its innovative technology, has helped the company to become a globally recognised brand in the access control industry.

“Invest NI has helped the company to grow rapidly, increasing its employment rapidly and increasing turnover by more than 70% this year alone. Its latest investment in market research and development as well as boosting the sales team will help drive the business forward towards succeeding in new international markets.”

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