Thales's international growth strategy hinges on developing world-class expertise as close as possible to its customers. In Romania, Thales set up Thales Systems Romania (SRL), initially to meet the needs of the local rail sector. Today the company specialises in software development for rail transport and is contributing to Thales’s activities in international markets including Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, South Africa and Spain.
In the field of science and technology, Thales is involved in Romania’s contribution to the European laser research project ELI-NP (Extreme Light Infrastructure-Nuclear Physics). The company is providing its Romanian partners with a high-power laser system and developing a special technical and scientific training programme through Thales University. Thales’s laser will deliver 2x10 petawatts (i.e. 20 million billion watts) of power. On the ELI-NP project, Thales is not only responsible for the turnkey development and supply of a complex scientific instrument delivering unprecedented levels of power, but will train Romanian engineers and technicians to install and operate the system for European research programmes.
The laser will be installed at Romania’s nuclear physics institute (IFN-HH) in Magurele, near Bucharest, in 2018.