At least nine of the 37 new offices opened in metro Atlanta in the third quarter of this year were foreign-based companies, according to a report made by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

          Hailing from Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan and South Africa, the companies have either national or regional headquarters or branch offices here.

          The companies include A&E Products/FRM Re-Use, which opened a plastic hanger manufacturing plant in Gwinnett County. Its parent company is Bermuda-based Tyco International Ltd., which has its main operations in Boca Raton, Fla.

Canadian advertising agency Ryan & Deslauriers opened a regional office in Fulton County, and German logistics provider Rohde & Liesenfeld opened a branch office in Clayton County.

Three Israeli companies opened offices here, including Precise Software Solutions, which opened a regional office for application management software services in Fulton County. The company actually entered the metro area in 2001, but it was not previously reported.

Israel-based Sagarmatha Ltd., a consumer promotions software firm, opened a national headquarters in Cobb County, and TTI Telecom International Ltd., a telecommunications software developer, opened a research and development facility in Gwinnett.

An Italian portable restrooms manufacturer, Sebach Inc., located its U.S. headquarters in Clayton County.

          Japan-based Komatsu Ltd. opened an operations center for Komatsu America Corp. in Bartow County to manufacture construction equipment.

A South Africa-based supply chain management firm, DNA Supply Chains, opened its national headquarters in Fulton County. The firm located here in 2001, but the chamber did not previously report it.

          Contact the Metro Chamber at (404) 586-8417.