Invest Northern Ireland Helps Light the Way to Success for Local Firm

Sep 28, 2005

Hüco Lightronic Ltd based in Limavady has made real business improvements with the help of Invest Northern Ireland.

With support from the agency’s broadband advisory service, co-funded by the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity fund, the company has radically improved both its internal and external communication networks.

Set up in 1989 Hüco Lightronics specialises in providing the latest solutions in lighting electronics for a wide range of UK and international clients.  Over the years the company has been involved in a number of high profile projects such as the ‘Great Hall of the People’ in Tiananmen Square, Beijing and ‘Petronas Towers’, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In an attempt to further strengthen the company’s relationships with its client base Hüco Lightronic recently contacted Invest NI for support and guidance.

“We work with large multinational corporations such as Philips and good communications are central to building and maintaining these relationships. We wanted to use e-mail and video-conferencing technologies to do this so decided to go for a 2mb broadband leased line solution,” said Ryan Wallace, IT Manager from Hüco Lightronic.

Representatives from Hüco Lightronic were also invited to visit Invest NI’s eSolutions centre in Lisburn which provides free and impartial advice on a wide range of new and emerging IT solutions to businesses across Northern Ireland.

“We were invited to the eSolutions centre where we were able to see and use video-conferencing equipment and talk to unbiased advisors. The solution we chose after taking advice from Invest NI is excellent and is helping us to make real business benefits. We now have better communications between our team in Limavady and our parent company in Germany,” said Mr Wallace.

“In addition we have also been able to implement the SAP ERP system via a virtual private network which would have been financially unviable previously and are now looking at VoIP telephony solutions, again with the impartial advice of Invest NI’s eSolutions centre,” he continued.

Commenting on the importance of broadband for business Alan Neville, Director of Knowledge Management with Invest NI said:

“It is widely acknowledged that broadband connectivity is having a major influence on enhancing the competitiveness of businesses. By using this technology local firms across Northern Ireland will be able to put themselves on a level playing field with rival companies worldwide.”

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