Bradford firm Belgravium Technologies sees springboard to expansion

Clinching its first order for a new computer device designed for the fuel distribution sector is being seen as a springboard for potential sales to wider market by a Bradford-based technology company.

Belgravium Technologies, which designs and supplies technology used in the vehicle tracking and mobile computing markets, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Touchstar Technologies had secured the first order for 250 of its new TouchPC Hawk tablet computer terminal. The order is due to be delivered during the second half of 2012.

Belgravium said the touchscreen kit would also be suitable for a range of other uses, such as vehicle safety checks, equipment checks, inventory controls, diagnostics, signature capture as well as real-time voice and high-speed transfer of data such as schedule updates, queries and delivery data.

Using advanced and secure radio technology, the Hawk terminal has been designed to offer maximum computing power on the move using wi-fi, Bluetooth and other radio technology.

Belgravium executive chairman John Kembery said: “We have a history at Belgravium of developing products to incorporate the very latest technologies and design features so that they will improve the efficiencies and operating practices of our clients.

“The Hawk is a perfect example, where the TouchStar team, through their market research, identified a strong demand for a reliable single, multi-functional device, which could be used in-vehicle and out-vehicle and to which they have added a wide range of innovative extra features.

“I’m delighted to say that it has met with immediate demand and we are confident this will continue.”

Mr Kemberry said the Belgravium business which employs 60 staff at Listerhills Science Park in Bradford, and in Manchester, was enjoying one of its most bouyant phases for several years.

He said: “There’s a good feeling through the business at the moment with plenty of exciting ideas being put forward. There’s a real buzz about the place. Winning our first order for the Hawk device also opens up other opportunities and means we are meeting people's desire to be constantly in communication.

“We've already had interest shown in the new product from areas outside that for which it was initially designed so I’m hopeful about the prospects, even though the market has slowed down slightly since the first quarter of the year as is usual in this business.”

In March Mr Kemberry said Belgravium was planning expansion on the back of its best financial results for five years, most likely through seeking partnerships with companies in mainland Europe .

Belgravium boosted sales in 2011 by 36 per cent to £11.2 million, compared with £8.2 million in 2010.

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