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Thales Alenia Space becomes an ‘Advanced Manufacturing Technology’ ambassador as part of the ‘Made Different Digital Wallonia’ programme

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Thales Alenia Space becomes an ‘Advanced Manufacturing Technology’ ambassador as part of the ‘Made Different Digital Wallonia’ programme

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    Charleroi, 19 June 2020 — Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), is becoming an ‘Advanced Manufacturing Technology’ as part of the ‘Made Different Digital Wallonia’ programme. The aim of this initiative is to publicise Walloon trends and innovations relating to the Industry of the Future.

    Thales Alenia Space has been present in Belgium for over 55 years and is a recognised expert in the development and manufacture of electronic equipment on board satellites and launchers. With the rapid changes in the space market, both from an economic and technological perspective, Thales Alenia Space is accelerating its innovation cycles and becoming a transformation ‘anticipator’ to remain a leader in it sector.

    New industrial paradigms have been adopted by Thales Alenia Space, in particular as part of its contribution to Ariane 6, the future European launcher, and the development of Space Inspire, its new fully digital and reconfigurable satellite platform. In Belgium, this transformation, carried out in particular with the Walloon Region’s support, has resulted in the introduction of aeronautical or automotive components in space equipment, the integration of new electrically powered interconnection technologies, the use of connected tools enabling traceability of operations and their controls as well as digital continuity within 3D manufacturing methods or the use of augmented reality.

    Within the framework of the ‘Industry of the Future’ programme, which is part of the Digital Wallonia digital strategy, Thales Alenia Space in Belgium has set itself apart through the introduction of digital technologies, from the design of its equipment to its implementation. On this basis, it is becoming a ‘Made Different Digital Wallonia Ambassador’.

    “Strengthening the innovation impulse is part of our DNA,” explains Ina Maller, CEO of Thales Alenia Space in Belgium. “ Thanks to this title of ‘Advanced Manufacturing Technology’ ambassador, we will continue to work with our SME partners to share our experience of digital transformation and encourage the entire ecosystem to choose new, more efficient and modern methods of industrialization."

    This recognition illustrates the overall dynamic of Thales Alenia Space, which has anticipated the digital transformation by investing for several years in the digitalisation of its offering, enabling it to acquire new skills and develop more intelligent and flexible satellites and equipment for its customers across the globe.

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    Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 2.15 billion euros in 2019 and has around 7,700 employees in nine countries.

    Thales Alenia Space in Belgium is the largest Belgian manufacturer of space electronics and the global leader in satellite electrical power. More than 200 programmes have already been sent into orbit with the company’s equipment on board. The company also supplied 50% of the electronics for the Ariane 5 launcher as well as the backup chain for Ariane 6 and Soyuz. Nearly 700 people work on the Mont-sur-Marchienne (Charleroi), Leuven and Hasselt sites.

    Sandrine Bielecki Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94
    Catherine des Arcis Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 72 82

    Mélanie Catoir Tel: + 32 (0) 492 91 22 94