Thales says new Cambridge hub will drive game-changing global innovation
World-renowned technology business Thales plans to use a new Cambridge nervecentre as a platform for international growth based on an unprecedented raft of innovation.
Thales is a leader in critical information systems, cyber security and data security and the new One Station Square facility will drive industry-changing security developments around digital money, e-identities, healthcare, connected cars and the Internet of Things.
The Cambridge hub has been designated a Thales global centre of engineering excellence for software development.
Thales engineers in Cambridge develop advanced data security solutions that ensure that data belonging to companies and government entities is both secure and trusted in any environment – on premises, in the cloud, in data centres or big data environments.
This new world-class workspace provides employees with a modern, flexible environment that encourages smart working and offers excellent transport links. It brings together engineers, research and development and innovation teams, enabling collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers.
Thales says the site will accommodate more than 100 specialised engineers, part of the wider 3,500 Thales engineering community in locations across the UK.
The company further believes that the flagship site in Cambridge will help attract and retain a future generation of young engineers who will have the skill set to make Thales leaders in advanced security solutions and digitised engineering.
Cambridge is one of Europe’s largest technology ecosystems, with more than 1,500 tech-based firms employing around 60,000 people. Thales joins an impressive list of hi-tech companies with operations or research centres in the city, including Amazon, Apple, ARM and Microsoft Research.
With the top-performing university in the country and growing technology investment, Cambridge plays an important role in driving innovation globally and fostering new science and technology talent locally as well as across the UK.
Alan Kessler, CEO Thales eSecurity says: “The move to One the Square is part of Thales’s wider strategic goal to ensure the business delivers sustainable profitability and growth.
“Investing in this new Cambridge site enables us to stay competitive, creating innovative, customer-led products and services that will help us win new business in financial services, healthcare, retail and government markets both at home and overseas.
“This new world-class workspace sets the benchmark for future working environments within the Thales business. It enables collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers, showcasing innovation fuelled by an extensive research capability.”
Thales has moved its Cambridge eSecurity operations into the new facility to confirm its ongoing commitment to the town.
The investment reaffirms Thales as a major contributor to UK prosperity employing 6,500 people across the UK with a turnover of £1.2 billion a year. Through sourcing more than 75 per cent of its supply chain in the UK it spends £510 million a year supporting around 20,000 jobs across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Also, as part of Thales’s focus on innovation and the development of new technology, it invests £52m a year in the UK on R & D, with one of its five global research and technology centres based in Cambridge.
Thales is also ensuring continued developed and retention of younger members of the workforce as a priority, currently employing around 550 graduates and apprentices with intake increasing year on year.
• PHOTOGRAPH: Thales’ new facility in Cambridge. Image © Jean-Luc Benazet Photography – www.jeanlucbenazet.com