Irish-owned Emydex Technology has announced that it is to create 20 full-time software jobs in Dublin over the next 18 months, doubling its workforce.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

The agri-food software company, which already employs 22 staff, has also announced a major deal with the Meat Corporation of Namibia in Africa (‘MeatCo’). The meat processing and marketing organisation works on behalf of Namibian farmers and the two-year €300,000 contract will involve six separate MeatCo sites in the Sub-Saharan country.

It develops and exports factory floor data capture, production reporting and traceability software systems to leading meat and food processing companies around the world. Working in Ireland, the UK, France and now Africa, the company’s impressive client list includes Kepak, Dawn Meats, Dunbia, Moy Park and the Kerry Group.

The software company, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2014, was set-up with the support of the Fingal Local Enterprise Office and the company’s development continues to be supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland here and overseas.

According to the CEO of Emydex Technology, David McMahon, the company is benefitting from export-led growth in the Agri-food sector. “Thanks to the solid growth in Irish food exports, there is a corresponding growth in demand for more sophisticated and robust software systems for production management, reporting and traceability. Responding to this growing demand, we will be doubling our workforce over the next 18 months, recruiting twenty highly skilled software programmers to work in our three main operating divisions in Dublin. Alongside the country’s reputation for high quality food processing, Ireland is also becoming better known for its food processing software capabilities.”