Thales’ strategy is to boost its local presence by partnering with local players. Addressing worldwide needs and partnering with key industrial Japanese players is part of Thales’ operating strategy.
- In Japan, Thales works with over 500 suppliers ranging from large enterprises to very small-sized companies with highly skilled artisans. Together with its partners, Thales addresses the needs for scientific, spatial and various industrial applications.
- To prepare for the future, relationships with universities and research centres are critical. In 2013, the Japanese research institute RIKEN (RIKEN Spring-8 Centre) awarded Thales with a contract for the development and installation of two intense 500 terawatt laser beam lines. The system has significantly expanded the capabilities of the current SACLA (Spring-8 Angstrom Compact free electron Laser) used by researchers in Japan and the international community for advanced research in science. This type of laser paves the way for a new generation of extremely powerful particle accelerators, which will be smaller and less costly, for fundamental research in materials physics and for medical applications.
- On the export market, Thales is working in consortium with Japanese players to address international markets. In 2015, a consortium consisting of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, The Kinki Sharyo Co. and Thales received a Letter of Conditional Acceptance for Doha Metro Construction. This is one of the world's largest projects for a single metro system. Construction is scheduled for completion by October 2019.