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Key Figures 

Whenever critical decisions need to be made, Thales has a role to play. In all its markets — aerospace, space, ground transportation, defence and security — Thales solutions help customers to make the right decisions at the right time and act accordingly.

World-class technology, the combined expertise of 65,000 employees and operations
in 56 countries have made Thales a key player in keeping the public safe and secure, guarding vital infrastructure and protecting the national security interests of countries around the globe.

Working together is our response to the complexity of our customers’ requirements and the key to our success. Safety and security are the common denominators of all our markets and the ultimate purpose of our technologies. Our global approach ensures that customers all over the world have access to the best expertise.

In 2013, Thales generated revenues of €14.2 billion (CNY121 billion).

In 2013 Thales spent almost €2,500 m (over CNY 21,000 m) on R&D alone.

Company and innovation 

Innovation is anything that breaks with the past and creates value, as perceived by customers, in terms of processes, organisational models, technical solutions or the way a company does business. Innovation always needs to be visible in the marketplace. Because a company cannot just decide to be an innovator — it needs to be recognised as one by its customers and competitors.

Thales has a long term vision for innovation. 20% of revenues are invested in R&D and the Group has the focus on four technical domains: complex systems, hardware, software and algorithms and decision support.

Many of Thales‘s business activities are technology intensive, making innovation a strategic priority and the driving force behind the long-term development of the Group.

The Thales portfolio included more than 15,000 patents at the end of 2013.

Thales has been listed, for the second consecutive year, as a Top 100 Global Innovator in the rankings by Thomson Reuters.

Implantation in China 

Thales has been present in China for more than 30 years.

Main locations: Beijing (head office), Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Kunming

Number of employees: 900 people

Main markets: aerospace (air traffic management, in-flight entertainment systems, commercial avionics, services, etc); urban transportation (metros & railways); smart city and security.

Significant projects in China 

1. In 2001, CAAC/ATMB awarded Thales a contract for the supply of Air Traffic Control Automation Centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, three major air traffic management systems in China. These systems are currently managing nearly 60% of China’s air traffic movements.

2. Thales SAIC Transportation Co., Ltd provided the advanced SelTrac® CBTC metro signaling projects for Chinese major cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, etc and accomplished in total 380 kilometers of the metro lines in China.

3. Thales is the innovative IFEC (inflight entertainment systems) leading supplier with above 77% of market share in wide body aircrafts in China. Thales CETC Avionic Co., Ltd is the IFE product supplier for C919 aircraft.

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