Total System Services Inc. has opened a sales office in Warsaw as part of a continuing effort to expand in Europe.

The Columbus, Ga., company said last week that the office will offer outsourced payment processing to financial companies in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary; it brings to 17 the total of its offices abroad.

TSYS landed its first customer in Poland in 1992 and now has six financial company customers there.

Kelly Knutson, the company's group executive of global services, said in a press release that expanding its presence in Eastern Europe "will assist our future customers in meeting their business goals and show substantial benefits to our own international business expansion plans."