With more than 450 employees at country scale and operating development centres in Romania, the German company iQuest – which specialises in developing customised software solutions – estimates a turnover of EUR 19 M in 2012, up 20 pc against last year, the company CEO Cornelius Brody said during a press conference that celebrated 10 years since the inauguration of the Brasov centre. According to the company official, approximately 80 pc of the turnover is achieved on the markets of Germany, Switzerland and England, 10 pc in Romania and 10 pc in the USA. “By opening the Palo Alto office we targeted an increase, because there was very high demand in that direction,” Brody added. For the time being, the Silicon Valley office works with only few employees through project-based programmes, while the entire activity of the company is mostly concentrated in the three development centres operated in Romania – at Cluj, Brasov and Sibiu – where iQuest has over 450 employees. At present, the biggest customer for which the Brasov-based team works is the Swiss company Sicap, specialised in services and solutions for the telecommunications industry, which iQuest supports developing its products. A special thing for the company is that it now competes against very big companies of the field, at international scale, such as IBM, Accenture or Tata Consulting. Moreover, iQuest finalised 90 pc of the employment plan at country scale it announced at the beginning of this year. For 2013 the company plans to hire some 40 more employees in Brasov, and is looking for experts in the technologies of Java, .NET and SharePoint.