French aerospace firm Thales expands Singapore operations with new digital lab (The Straits Times)
(From left) Thales' senior executive vice-president of international development Pascale Sourisse, Thales Singapore CEO Kevin Chow, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing and Thales' vice-president of digital transformation Olivier Flous touring Thales' new research lab on Nov 29, 2018
(Photo: Chong Jun Liang/The Straits Times)
French aerospace company Thales has added a new 'digital factory' to its stable of research labs in Singapore, with the aim of producing high tech data-based solutions for the region using local expertise.
The research lab, which opened on Thursday (Nov 29), will next year house around 30 experts drawn from a mix of nationalities, including Singaporeans.
The Parisian company entered Singapore in 1973 and has around 700 employees here but aims to grow this figure to around 2,000 after it completes its acquisition of digital security firm Gemalto in the first quarter of next year.
The new lab at 8 Cross Street is the start of a 20 million euro (S$31 million) investment over the next five years, and staff numbers there are expected to increase in that time. The group hopes to draw from a talent pool of data scientists, software engineers, designers and cyber security experts from the region.
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