Supporting “Make in India”
Thales strategy of developing its industrial footprint in India is in line with the Indian government’s policy of “Make in India” and of developing the defence base of the country. With this as the backdrop, Thales has formed various co-operative partnerships with public and private sector industries. It has been closely associated with HAL for over 50 years and has formed JVs with Samtel, BEL and L&T Technology Services.
Thales’s “Go to India” approach
Further making the “Make in India” policy concrete and real, Thales has also been co-operating with the Indian private sector particularly large corporate players and SMEs to build transfer of technology and supply chain partnerships. Thales has extensive experience in liaising with numerous group supply chain partners to support the local industry in India and open up growth opportunities for them.
At the heart of Digital Transformation
The world today revolves around technology and more and more organisations are reshaping the way they do business with digital transformation. Thales actively supports its customers and offers high-level expertise in four key digital technologies: the Internet of Things/connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, and has accelerated its investments in these technologies.
The acquisition of US-based firm Guavus, among other companies, is structured around these investments. A pioneer in real-time Big Data analytics, Guavus’ technologies and expertise strengthen Thales’ ability to support the digital transformation of its customers. Guavus has strong roots in India with over 130 people in its competence centre in Gurgaon.
On 02 April 2019, Thales completed the acquisition of Gemalto, creating a global leader in digital identity and security. Employing 80,000 people in 68 countries, the larger Thales will master all the technologies underpinning the critical decision chain for companies, organisations and governments. The acquisition has also strengthened our presence in India and brought us closer to new customers in the country.
As the world becomes more connected, it also becomes more vulnerable. India’s cybersecurity ecosystem is rapidly developing and Thales’ e-security business has been actively working in this domain with partners to address the Indian market.
Thales’ Engineering Competence Centre in India
Thales is expanding its presence in India through the development of Group Engineering Competence Centre (ECC), reinforcing its position as a leader in all its markets. Launched in early 2019 in Bengaluru, the ECC will expand Thales’ footprint in its core business areas and cement its long-standing relationship with India. This ECC, the first of its kind in India, will focus on hardware, software and systems engineering capabilities for both the civil and defence sectors, serving global needs. Thales seeks to hire over 2000 engineers in the next three to five years for this Engineering Centre.
India, and in particular Bengaluru, was chosen as the location for the new ECC due to the existing ecosystem – its proximity to the market, competence in research and development and abundance of skilled engineers. Both the needs of the local market and export markets will be catered for. We’re inventing the future, right here, right now.
Growing with Universities
Collaborating with the world’s most dynamic universities is a key aspect of innovation at Thales. In March 2018, Thales and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras signed an MoU for a jointly supervised PhD fellowship scheme. Thales has formed similar partnerships with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in October 2015, January 2016 and September 2016, respectively. Thales believes that such associations will play a great role in fostering an ecosystem for research and consequently securing innovations for tomorrow.
Socially responsible corporate
In June 2017, Thales Foundation and GeoHazards Society (GHS) launched first-of-its-kind school safety mobile application in India that allows school administrators to ‘write’ a School Disaster Management Plan (SDMP). Besides this, Thales has been supporting various other NGOs in India through local CSR initiatives and also group-level Foundation efforts. Some of them include Kutumbh Foundation, Jagriti, Protsahan, Samarpan Foundation, among others.
India represents a significant market for Thales in both civil and military sectors. The Group’s defence business is recognised as a reliable partner in all three branches of the Indian Armed Forces: Navy, Air Force and Army. Its equipment and systems have been selected for various types of platforms. In the civil domain, Thales has activities in transportation and civil aerospace.