Local company sets sights overseas with creation of new tool

Jane Witherspoon


Jane Witherspoon

Local company, ‘Gemat’ has created a new measurement device, with support from Invest NI and is now exporting to the USA and Republic of Ireland.

The Ballymena business created a measurement device called GemScan® which targets opportunities in the plastics industry and has now built up a healthy pipeline of orders since its initial export sales to the USA and Republic of Ireland last year, valued at £150,000.

Gemat, established by local man Sidney Campbell, was originally set up as a software development and consultancy provider for manufacturing businesses.

Discussing the company’s progress, Sid Campbell, said: “Creating GemScan® has been a rewarding investment that has opened up new opportunities to grow the business.

“Developing this device and investigating its market potential was made possible by working closely with Invest NI and accessing the expertise and knowledge to develop a marketable product.

“We used an Innovation Voucher as well as trade advice, R&D and technical support to undertake this venture and are delighted to now be in a position to successfully market GemScan® to prospective customers overseas."

GemScan® enables operatives in the plastics trade to get a continuous measurement of the thickness of flat extruded sheet, improving accuracy and efficiency.

Mr Campbell added:“With successful deliveries to Republic of Ireland and US under our belts, we are focused on building awareness of GemScan in our target markets.

The company used technical development assistance from Invest NI as this helped Gemat secure the necessary trademark and CE marking accreditations to market it's goods in the US and Europe.

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