Apple plans to expand its European headquarters in Cork, creating 500 new jobs and helping the company expand its business in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

Cork, the second largest city in Ireland, has been home to Apple’s European headquarters for 30 years. RTÉ News reports that from October to December 2011, revenues in markets services by Apple’s Cork plant grew by 55 per cent year-on-year.

As a result, Apple plans to expand the headquarters by adding a three-story office block, which will increase the 2,800 employees currently working for the Apple in Cork to 3,300 over the next 18 months, Apple’s Senior Director for Corporate Communications, Alan Hely, told RTÉ.

“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and senior officials in IDA Ireland have been involved in meetings on the project here and with Apple management in the US over several months,” reports RTÉ.

Apple also has plans in motion to expand in Travis County and Maiden.