in Features

PM marks Thales' 125th anniversary in the UK by opening its Glasgow vehicle integration facility

Posted 4 April 2013 · Add Comment

Thales UK's Glasgow site yesterday hosted a visit from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to help celebrate the company's 125th anniversary in the UK, with the PM officially opening a new vehicle integration facility at the site that will primarily upgrade vehicles for the UK armed forces but also for potential export customers.

Above: David Cameron at Thales UK, Glasgow.
© Alan McAteer 2013

Thales UK’s Glasgow facility yesterday hosted a visit from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to help celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary in the UK, with the PM officially opening a new vehicle integration facility at the site that will primarily upgrade vehicles for the UK armed forces but also for potential export customers.


 
The visit was hosted by Jean-Bernard Levy, Thales Group’s chairman, Victor Chavez, chief executive of Thales UK and Alex Cresswell, head of the new Land & Air Systems global business unit. These Thales leaders were able to brief Mr Cameron about Thales.
 
The Prime Minister’s visit to Thales followed a trip to the Royal Navy’s submarine facility at Faslane, where he had been onboard HMS Victorious.
 
In his welcoming address Mr Cameron said: “It was great to visit Thales and I want to wish the company a very happy 125th birthday. Earlier today I was winched from a helicopter onto HMS Victorious, one of our Trident nuclear submarines. One of the things I did on that submarine was look through the incredible periscope made by Thales to scan the horizon. It was an incredible piece of equipment and a signal of the brilliance of this company and this organisation.”
 
The Prime Minister also expressed his support for the continuation of Anglo-French defence and cooperation, which is welcomed by Thales. Thales is one of only a few companies that have significant defence industrial footprints in both countries, and already uses these to deliver added value through the pull-through and reuse of technology across national boundaries.
 
Some 700 of Thales UK’s 7,500 work force are based at the Glasgow site, which designs and manufactures world-leading electro-optic night vision systems and equipment for all three UK Armed Services. The site is also home to a contingent of transport specialists that work on communications and safety systems.
 
Victor Chavez said: “Thales is deeply proud of our heritage and our 125-year contribution to the UK engineering scene, which was born here in Glasgow in 1888 with Barr & Stroud Ltd. Innovation, technology and security were at the heart of the business then, and 125 years later Thales is still providing the cutting-edge technology that keeps UK forces safe in the field of conflict.
 
“Our UK operations have a long history of innovation and partnership with our key customers in our core markets of aerospace, defence, security and transport. We are honoured that the Prime Minister has joined us today to share our celebrations.”
 
Thales is an important source of high-tech, high-skill employment in the region. Some 30% of employees at the Glasgow facility are engineers and scientists. The site also has an active graduate and apprenticeship programme, with disciplines including electrical and mechanical engineering.
 
In 2011 the Glasgow optronics business was awarded a Queens Award for Enterprise for our achievements in exports. The award underlines our leading role in supporting both the UK’s defence industrial capability and the UK’s competitive position in the export market.
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Azores Airlines takes delivery of its first A321neo

Azores Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft, to become first Portuguese A320neo Family operator.

Serco signs Copernicus data access contract with ESA

Serco's business in Italy has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver a ground-breaking project to facilitate open and unlimited access to earth observation data and geospatial information collected as

All change at the top of Airbus

The Airbus Board of Directors has today announced executive changes as Tom Enders (59) has advised them he won't seek another term as CEO beyond his current mandate (which runs until the 2019 Annual Shareholders Meeting April 2019)and

ADS highlights industry need for transition agreement in early 2018

ADS said today that although confirmation that talks can start on transition and our future relationship with the EU is welcome progress, industry now needs to see urgent agreement reached on transition arrangements.

Astronaut Tim Peake opens UTC Portsmouth

Two years after blasting off to join the International Space Station, British astronaut Tim Peake formally opened the Roya Navy backed college which will produce the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

CAA launching new airspace change process

In 2015 the CAA started reviewing its airspace change process and after nearly three years of detailed work and two public consultations, it is now launching its new process which will take effect from 2nd January 2018.

SMI NCWSK2011171217
See us at
SMI FAVSABT2411120418Aviation Africa BT18418FIL18 BT111017220718S&P BT281117080318SMI NCWBT3110020218