By Christopher Calnan | September 11, 2014 – 2:47pm CDT
A New Zealand developer of wireless power technology plans to open a U.S. headquarters in Austin to be closer to customers.
PowerbyProxi Ltd. is considering an undisclosed location for a customer support office in Northwest Austin near the intersection of Loop 360 and FM 2222, Vice President of Product Management Robert McCormick said Thursday.
He declined to reveal the number of workers the company plans to employ in Austin, but McCormick said the positions would include field application engineering, technical support and customer program management.
PowerbyProxi, founded in 2007, develops wireless power technology designed to enable charging without a physical connection. The company, which employs 80 workers, was spun out of The University of Auckland.
It licenses technologies and provides modules to battery and semiconductor suppliers, original equipment manufacturers and system integrators.
The Austin location is expected to enable PowerbyProxi to be closer to its customers and solve a need for increased responsiveness.
“We are expanding our U.S. footprint to manage, promote and deliver on the increasing number of projects from our customers,” CEO Greg Cross said in a Thursday news release. “Austin is the ideal location for access to great tech talent — from engineering to program management and operations — as we continue to build out our team and innovate in the wireless power space.”