Sofico has hired 12 employees to start in January 2017, continuing from its recruiting drive towards the end of 2016, and announced plans to open an office in Mexico.

The automotive finance, leasing, and fleet software provider has placed nine employees in its Belgium head office in Ghent, two in Sydney, Australia, and one in Avignon, France.

They will be tasked with growing Sofico’s customer base and enabling growth, and further developing Miles, the company’s software platform.

Sofico plans for the Mexico office to open later in 2017, as a base from which to start implementation of the Miles platform in Central and Southern America.

This comes after the opening of an office near Utrecht, the Netherlands towards the end of 2016, to better service their Dutch customers.

Sofico will offer local management and technical support to customers in Central and Southern America from the Mexico base.

Gémar Hompes, Sofico managing director, said: “We’re proud that these new starters are convinced by our story and our vision and decided to join us to help turn this vision into reality.”