Thales Group

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Thales SA

legal form Société Anonyme
ISIN FR0000121329
founding December 6, 2000
Seat La Defense , FranceFranceFrance 
management Patrice Caine and Henri Proglio
Number of employees 80,000
sales 15.8 billion . EUR (2017)
Branch Security and military technology, transportation, aerospace
As of December 31, 2017

The Thales Group , headquartered in Paris, is a publicly traded defense company with activities in military technology , aviation and aerospace , and security and transport. Before 2000, the company was known as Thomson-CSF.


The French group employs around 81,000 people in 56 countries worldwide and had sales of 15.8 billion euros in 2017.

More than half of its employees work outside of France. Patrice Caine has been CEO since December 2014, supported by Henri Proglio as Chairman.

Shareholders as of June 30, 2018:

The group is heavily involved in international technology programs such as the European satellite program Galileo and the aviation program SESAR . Thales is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact initiative .

Armaments accounted for half of 2016 annual sales ($ 8.2 billion). In terms of sales, Thales was the tenth largest defense company in the world.

Thales in Germany

Administration building in Ditzingen

Thales Deutschland, headquartered in Ditzingen, is one of the largest national companies in the Thales Group and employs around 3,000 people at eight locations. Thales Deutschland contributed a turnover of around 650 million euros to the business result in 2017.

The focus of the business activities lies in the five markets of transport, security and defense, aerospace and is reflected in the business units "Transportation Systems", "Surface Radar", "Naval Systems", "Secure Communications and Information Systems", " Training & Simulation ”,“ Air Traffic Management ”and“ Electron Devices ”.

Christoph Hoppe has been CEO of Thales Germany since September 2015 .

Thales in Austria

Thales Austria is based in Vienna and employs under Hannes Boyer more than 400 people in the fields of space, defense, security and transportation.

Thales in Switzerland

Thales Suisse SA in Zurich has around 220 employees in the field of railway safety technology as well as in the field of military and civil security. It is also active in the space business through its subsidiary Thales Alenia Space (in Zurich, around 75 employees).


In 1998, the armaments divisions of Alcatel , Dassault Électronique and Thomson CSF were merged into a new company, with France holding the majority stake in this company. From 1998 to 2000, the French state reduced its shares. In June 2000 Thomson CSF took over the British company Racal , one of the largest English electronics groups. Finally, at the end of 2000, Thomson CSF was renamed Thales. In 2002 the Thales Group and the French shipbuilding company DCN founded the shipbuilding joint venture Armaris . In 2003, Thales UK and BAE Systems won the tender to build the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier for the British Royal Navy .

With the acquisition of some technology divisions from AEG , Siemens , ABB , Bombardier and other companies, the group has meanwhile become a global corporation.

In 2006/2007, as part of the takeover of the US communications group Lucent by Alcatel , Thales acquired from Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent the French stake in Alcatel Alenia Space (67%) and Telespazio (33%) as well as the Control and safety technology for rail traffic. Since the takeovers were financed by shares, Alcatel-Lucent's stake in Thales rose from 9.46 to 20.95 percent. In 2009 Dassault Aviation took over this stake from Alcatel-Lucent. Dassault exercised his influence and in May 2009 had the CEO & Chairman of the Thales Group Denis Ranque replaced by his preferred candidate Luc Vigneron , formerly CEO of the French technology company Nexter . In December 2012, Luc Vigneron resigned because he lacked the support of the two main shareholders. He was followed by the French Jean-Bernard Lévy , former CEO of Vivendi .

The takeover of the chip card manufacturer Gemalto by the Thales Group, announced at the end of 2017, was completed on April 2, 2019.

Web links

Commons : Thales Group  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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