- The Washington Times - Monday, August 28, 2000

Several foreign companies have either established anew in the Fairfax County technology corridor or expanded their existing facilities, adding to the already strong presence of companies in the area with roots outside the United States in the past few months.

Software developer Semantix moved its headquarters to McLean from Montreal in March and will move to Herndon in November. Semantix has developed software that links various applications on the computer desktop, and also maintains an Internet hub that puts businesses into contact with translation professionals.

The company kept its research and development facilities in Montreal but relocated its sales and marketing operations to Virginia in order to take advantage of the international business and government presence in the Washington area, said Michael Choi, director of the McLean office.

Still privately held, Semantix also hopes to take advantage of the strong presence of venture capital funds in the area, Mr. Choi said.

The company currently has nine employees and expects to add another six by the end of the year.

A German company, IntraDAT, has also established a presence in the area with the incorporating of its American subsidiary, IntraDAT International, Inc. in Reston. IntraDAT develops electronic commerce applications that are based on Linux, the alternative operating system that has emerged as a competitor to Microsoft's Windows in some commercial computer systems.

IntraDAT ended up in the Washington area as a result of contacts with the Northern Virginia Technology Council, which has a number of German members already, and the Alexandria-based German-American Business Association.



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