(L-R): Stephen O’Connell and Dave O’Connell of Advantex.
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Gateshead technology firm set for growth in 2022

New work for Hitachi Rail, a national construction firm, is driving growth for a regional technology specialist.

The projects are the latest in line for Gateshead’s Advantex. The firm has seen robust growth in 2021 on the back of new product introductions and investment in a skilled workforce.

It has also secured a pipeline of orders into the future as a raft of professional, education and industrial clients look to benefit from the company’s IT, network and connectivity services to develop their own operations.

The firm, employing 50 people at its Follingsby Park head office, is eyeing additional growth and expansion, targeting a £6m turnover in the next 12 months as the economy continues to see demand for greater remote working, cloud usage, and new cybersecurity measures.

Advantex has continued to supply and support Hitachi Rail’s network infrastructure at network depots across the country, including new access control systems and IP camera work. The firm has also completed digital cable connectivity work onboard HMS Trincomalee, the centrepiece of the popular maritime exhibition in Hartlepool.

Stephen O’Connell, sales director at Advantex, said: “We’re working with clients long-term to meet their strategic requirements through technology, infrastructure and connectivity investment.

“We anticipate continued strong demand from all sectors in 2022 as organisations look to migrate to new digital technologies to secure greater connectivity, long term cost savings and ultimately, scalability as their own operations develop.”

“Covid will still impact the way people work, and we will see accelerated uses of digitisation and virtualisation in the months ahead. The need for cloud, security, privacy, and automation will hurl businesses forward into an ever more net carbon world where technology - and the advantages it brings - plays a seminal part.”

Stephen added: “Using powerful, secure and remote IT infrastructures, we are seeing businesses add computing power and storage as required. So, scalability will mean cloud-based solutions will continue to dominate the business world not only over the next 12 months but well into the future.”

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