Networking company Allied Telesyn will be looking for a further 100 to 150 staff to fill its expanded R&D facility in Christchurch.
The Japan and US-based company opened the centre last year, employing 100 engineers, and is nearing the completion of a $10 million extension which doubles the facility’s size.
Allied Telesyn founder Takayoshi Oshima demonstrated the company’s commitment to New Zealand last week when he signed an endowment for the establishment of an Allied Telesyn chair in data communications at the University of Auckland.
The $US500 million company makes layer 3 switches based on work first carried out by the DSIR about 20 years ago, and which continues at the Christchurch facility.
The manager of the R&D facility, Geoff Peck, was part of the original DSIR team. Peck says a core of about eight former DSIR engineers remains intact and working for Allied Telesyn.
“I’ve known many of them longer than I’ve known my wife,” Peck says.
The expanded facility will be ready by October.