Wilmslow software services company Mobica has opened its first office in Germany.

The move is part of its bid to strengthen its relationships with the country’s leading automotive OEMs and suppliers.

The new Munich office will predominantly focus on its growing automotive customer base, and is the latest edition to its addresses in the UK, US and Poland.

The team, who will work with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers across Mobica’s existing customer base and in onboarding new customers, includes COO , Stefan Marxreiter, and Wolfram Ries, VP of sales for automotive - both previously from Luxoft.

Several additional hires are due to be announced in the coming months.

“The automotive landscape is constantly evolving, particularly with the emergence of technologies such as IoT, AI and 5G which are changing how businesses and consumers view their vehicles,” said Marxreiter.

“It’s such an exciting time for the sector and it’s crucial that we’re positioned at the heart of Germany’s automotive industry.

“Having a permanent base in Munich will enable us to provide close support to our German customers, collaborate with other players in the sector and deliver more ground-breaking automotive technologies to enable the modern car.”

In June the firm appointed its executive chairman Simon Wilkinson as permanent CEO.

"Germany is globally recognised for its automotive industry, and is where a significant amount of our growth strategy is focused," he said.

“With the opening of our Munich office and the recruitment of a local senior team to support these relationships, we are demonstrating our strong commitment and investment in the German market and Automotive sector.”