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Trend Micro Opens European Headquarters in the UK

Internet virus protection company Trend Micro announced Friday the opening of its new European headquarters in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

The company also announced that senior VP Dennis Tsou has been placed in charge of the European region.

Trend Micro, which also has a European support unit in Munich, employs over 640 people worldwide and in 1998 had revenues in excess of $86 million.

"Establishing our European headquarters in the UK reflects our commitment to better serve our growing customer base as well as the European enterprise market," said Steve Chang, chairman and CEO of Trend Micro.

"As companies increasingly rely on email and the Internet for communication and selling their products, comprehensive Internet gateway protection is more crucial than ever. Combining high technology with personalised 24x7 services, Trend Micro is making Internet access safer, enabling businesses to take full advantage of the new Internet economy."

In a recent initiative, Trend Micro launched the eDoctor Global Network, a worldwide Internet antivirus service that builds malicious code protection into the Internet infrastructure itself. It enables customers to obtain virus protection from their ISPs as an additional service.

It is expected that European telecoms and ISP partners will be announced by the UK office shortly.

"The UK office will help support our sales channel and serve as an information and sales and service hub, efficiently distributing resources to our European branch offices," said Dennis Tsou.

Prospects look good for suppliers in the European market. In September, IDC predicted that while the worldwide number of Internet users will grow from the current 160 million users to 500 million by 2003, users in Europe will form the largest geographic grouping.