THE INFORMATION AGE and advances in digital technology have created a secondary industry that supplies peripheral devices for personal computers to help navigate the latest systems. Regular internet users are familiar with such gadgets as the mouse, webcams and headsets. These have become essential tools, which is good news for firms such as Logitech that manufacture such products. 'Two trends are the rising popularity of digital music and use of the internet for free voice and video communication,' said Christina Wong Wai-man, human resources manager, Logitech Hong Kong. 'These developments are helping us to expand.' The firm is a market leader and produces the interface devices that allow people to operate and communicate in the digital world. These include a wide range of peripherals for gaming, multimedia links, portable music players, mobile phones and home entertainment systems. The company was founded in Switzerland in 1981 with more than 7,200 employees in offices around the world. The Hong Kong office was opened in 2000. With the digital and information revolutions set to continue, growth prospects are bright. The expanding company, which will be investing heavily in design and manufacturing, will be hiring in Hong Kong over the next two years. 'Until recently our focus was on sales and marketing, but we want to develop a big engineering team in Hong Kong and will be recruiting for our local operation,' Ms Wong said. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in electronic or mechanical engineering; manufacturing experience is also important. 'They should have a solid background in R&D or electronic engineering development,' Ms Wong added. 'For management positions, we expect candidates to have at least five years' experience, or two to three years' for more junior positions.' There will also be vacancies in marketing and functional support roles. Language skills and a readiness to travel are essential. 'We prefer candidates to have a good command of written and spoken English and Putonghua, as well as Cantonese,' Ms Wong said. 'They will be required to contact overseas customers and company staff in other offices. Travel within the region will be part of the job.'