With over 50-year history in the region, Thales employs more than 2,500 people across Latin America. The team addresses the needs of the Aerospace, Space, Defence and Security, Transportation and Digital Identity and Security markets. Thales has operations in all Latin America and has offices in 9 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela). In Brazil, Thales has a radar manufacturing facility, a Sonar Excellence Center and a Space Technology Centre. Thales also runs two Integration Centers for Transportation (Brazil and Mexico), a Security hub in Mexico and an In-Flight Entertainment Service Center in Chile.
Thales has been expanding its operations permanently and has strengthened its presence in the region through a number of significant local partnerships. The Group’s strategy is to establish local partnerships, develop operational partnerships in R&D with regional players and transfer technologies to the countries.
In 2015, Thales opened a Space Technology Centre in Brazil for the development of technology partnerships with Brazilian companies in the space sector. Brazil’s Geostationary Satellite for Defence and Communications was developed by Thales Alenia Space and has promoted a complete program of training and transfer of technology including the creation of a Space Academy in the country.
In Mexico, Thales has developed a key academic partnership with the IPN University (Instituto Politécnico Nacional) for the development of transportation solutions. Thales has also extended its partnership with other private and public universities such as the TEC de Monterrey and CONALEP and is continuously looking to forge collaborative relationships within the aerospace and space segments.
In Bolivia, the Tiwanaku Project is sponsored by Thales and aims to contribute with the local preservation of the archaeological site, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre since 2000. In a partnership with the Bolivian Government, the project consists in revitalization and conservation, including several steps such as the implementation of improvements for the site visitors, signaling and information regarding archaeological materials, as well as the creation of a museum with international visibility, bringing together the collections currently located elsewhere.
Thales, though its Foundation, is supporting a project in Mexico with Start Up México that aims at teaching innovation and entrepreneurship to teenagers. The project’s objective is to boost school performance and help secondary school students from underprivileged areas of Mexico City develop self-esteem and skills that will last for a lifetime.