04 October 2013

Thales Alenia Space to Build New Plant in Leuven, Belgium

Cannes – 04 October 2013 – Thales Alenia Space Belgium will build a new plant in Leuven, which will start operations in the first half of 2014. The new structure will initially have a team of about 20 engineers, tasked with developing new avionics products and technologies for satellites and launch vehicles. The facility will work closely with the company's microelectronics center of expertise in Leuven, as well as with Thales Alenia Space's Charleroi plant. 

According to Emmanuel Terrasse, Vice President for R&D and Business Development, "By setting up this new operation in Leuven, Thales Alenia Space Belgium will strengthen its leadership in the Belgian space industry. In particular, this new facility will offer design services focused on Europe's new launchers. Our aim is to develop innovative solutions that will enable us to carve out a position as the primary supplier for avionics and other electronics equipment on Ariane 6."

The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). With consolidated revenues of 2.1 billion euros in 2012, Thales Alenia Space has 7,500 employees in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and United States.

Thales Alenia Space Belgium is the largest Belgian manufacturer of space electronics and the World leader in satellite power supplies. The company is also the foremost supplier of electronics for the Ariane 5 satellite launcher. Almost 600 people work at its Mont-sur-Marchienne site. 

Source: The Thales Group