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Major expansion plans for local software company

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ONE of the world’s largest, independent real-time intelligence software companies, Australia’s own Citect , announced at its recent Oceania user conference in Sydney that it would be expanding its operations into Oceania and Asia Pacific with new offices in NZ, Japan and Singapore.

The new expansion expected to take place in January 2006 will bring the number of Citect offices to 19 worldwide. The company is also expected to expand into India, Latin America, China and the Middle East where it will be a major contributor of software to the proposed $3bn Festival City in Dubai.

The company will also be looking to further develop its operations in China over the next few years as China expands its manufacturing operations.

“The expansion will allow us to capitalise on the manufacturing and infrastructure project opportunities that these fast growing markets are offering,” said Richard Webb, Citect’s newly appointed CEO.

“To grow in these complex markets, it is vital to have a direct presence of sales, professional services and support. That is what we are putting into place.”

The company also launched the new Switch2Citect product at the conference, a tool for SCADA customers that allows them to convert from one multiple legacy system to the new system with minimal configuration costs, time and effort.

Stephen Flannigan, General Manager of CitectSCADA told conference attendees that the product has been designed to enable customers to improve the performance and increase the longevity of plants.

“Not only does it cost little more than if customers upgraded using their existing SCADA system, but it is less expensive to run, operate and maintain,” he said.

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