US firm SAS to create 94 jobs in Scotland

Image caption, SAS products are designed to help organisations make business decisions through big data analysis

A US-based business analytics and software services provider is to expand its operations in Scotland, creating nearly 100 jobs over four years.

SAS said it would open a new advanced analytics laboratory and expand its existing public security research and development unit in East Kilbride.

The move will lead to 94 new jobs and safeguard a further 126 Scottish jobs.

The announcement came during a trade visit to the US by First Minister Alex Salmond.

It followed news earlier this week that US-based medical products company Daktari Diagnostics is to locate its manufacturing base to Inverness, creating up to 126 posts.

The first minister met senior SAS representatives in New York as part of a programme of business and trade meetings designed to boost investment and employment in Scotland.

The SAS project is being supported by £1.3m from Scottish Development International (SDI), a partnership between the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

SAS products and services are designed to help companies make the most of big data in areas such as operations and performance.

'Prestigious' company

Speaking in New York, Mr Salmond said: "SAS are a prestigious global company and their choice, not just to expand their existing site but to expand into advanced analytics with 94 new jobs, is a significant feather in Scotland's cap.

"The new facility will position Scotland as an international centre of excellence for big data analytics and will create a substantial number of highly-skilled, high-value jobs."

Mikael Hagstrom, from SAS, said the company was proud to be building on its existing operations in Scotland.

He added: "We established our global research and development team to create business applications which will help modernise law enforcement, improve public safety and enhance national security.

"The initial investments allowed SAS to see the real Scottish potential with access to the excellent pool of talent from Scottish universities and its strong culture of innovation."

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