“It is truly a delight to be recognised as a Top 100 Global Innovator. It proves the success of the core innovation values that have driven the company to the cutting edge of technological development since its creation,” says Marko Erman, Thales Senior Vice President for Research and Technology.
Thales’s innovative range of products has put it at the forefront of its five predominant markets: Aeronautics, Space, Transport, Defence and Security. However, beyond its main fields of activity, Thales is also very proud of other key innovations; Thales was present on Curiosity, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, having developed a high-power laser for rock analysis. In 2012 Thales is also providing half of the world’s weather reports, through its Meteosat satellites designed by the group. Thales is also part of the Clean Sky European research programme, aimed at reducing noise pollution, CO2 and nitric oxide emissions of aircraft by 50%, 40% and 60% respectively between now and 2020.
The Thales group invests €2.5 billion (20% of revenues) in its research and development and employs over 22,500 researchers and engineers, of whom 3,000 are dedicated to research and technology. Thales has forged more than 30 research partnerships with engineering schools, universities and public research institutes.
Illustration from the Top 100 Global Innovators website