A significant number of Irish companies made the investment of opening a representative office in Australia and New Zealand in 2018. We profile some of these below.
Brightflag is an Irish artificial intelligence (AI) analytics start-up, using text analysis to read and understand legal invoices. This information can then be used to generate greater savings for big corporates who typically spend many millions on legal fees. Earlier this year, Brightflag appointed a Director of Sales, APAC and have invested in growing the number of staff in the APAC Office, based in Sydney CBD.
Crowley Carbon officially opened their Sydney office in February 2018. Formed in 2009, Crowley Carbon has grown in expertise to become one of the foremost multi-disciplinary Energy Services Companies in Europe, and Irelands largest energy efficiency company. In the last three years Crowley Carbon have reduced their clients’ energy bills by on average 34% with a return on capital of just under three years. The Irish firm has invented and licensed over 80 products to address energy usage in all areas of a client’s business. The Crowley Carbon team analyse on-site and determine exactly how and where the client is losing money to poor energy efficiency and from there designs a tailored programme of innovative energy efficient solutions.
As Australia prepares for its new Open Banking standards and the Consumer Data Right, Priviti, the global fintech company, is helping banks get ready to comply with new legislation and empower consumers with greater control over how their personal data is shared. Based at the fintech and innovation hub Stone & Chalk, the Sydney office is led by Dermot McCann, Priviti’s Head of APAC and Chair of the Australian Information Industry Association’s Financial Services Group. Priviti provide a PSD2 and GDPR-compliant solution to ensure consumer consent for data sharing is securely obtained, verified and matched, and consumer credentials are never shared, stored or monetised, empowering financial institutions and payment service providers to innovate with third party providers and harness the opportunity of Open Banking and digital marketplaces.
Swrve, the provider of modern, multichannel engagement for the enterprise announced in August 2018, the opening of its Asia Pacific office in Sydney, Australia. The move represents a significant expansion for Swrve, which already boasts offices in San Francisco, London, Dublin, and Amsterdam. The move into the Asia Pacific region will improve the company’s ability to serve its existing client base in the area and meet significant demand from enterprises across multiple verticals including travel, banking, telecommunications, and retail.
Weatherbys Scientific has begun providing its leading DNA testing, genomics and bioinformatics services to livestock industries in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, thanks to a partnership with the University of Adelaide and facilitated by the State Government. The Weatherbys team plan to establish a laboratory on the Roseworthy campus of the University of Adelaide, providing Australian producers with high-quality results with a fast turnaround time.
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