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Thales Inaugurates Innovation Hub In Singapore

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— Thales inaugurates the Singapore Innovation Hub, a multidisciplinary establishment inspired by Asian concepts, Asian innovation and Asian thinking.
— The Hub will engage customers and utilize new concepts and practices such as Design Thinking to identify needs and jointly develop solutions.
— The innovation team benefits from government support and partnerships with Singapore’s institutions as well as a global network of Thales innovation teams.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thales, a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security, today officially inaugurated the Thales Innovation Hub Singapore, which represents the Group’s first multidisciplinary innovation centre outside of Europe.

The concept behind this Hub is to seek inspiration from Asian concepts, Asian innovation and Asian thinking, to arrive at a deeper understanding of the operational needs of clients in the region, and design new products and services that address these specific requirements.

The Thales team will engage customers in usercentered innovation, co-designing, prototyping and testing new ideas and concepts across domains ranging from defense, maritime security to aerospace, air traffic management and smart cities.

The innovation team has been trained by the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy from the DesignSingapore Council in order to apply the concept of Design Thinking innovation[1], a new, goal-oriented, problem solving approach developed to look at all potential alternatives of a particular design problem.

Thales has world class credentials in research and technology, and invests an average 20% of its annual turnover in Research & Development. The Singapore team will therefore draw from considerable global support, including access to the internal network of design practitioners, a global group of experts from across all Thales’s domains, which fosters cross-collaboration in order to fine-tune design and innovation. The team will be further strengthened by the partnership forged with the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)[2], through collaboration and internship agreements.

“We are pleased that Thales has chosen Singapore to open its first multidisciplinary innovation hub outside ofEurope. The decision to locate the Thales Innovation Hub in Singapore signifies the growing importance of Thales’s Asian customer base, as well as Thales’s continued confidence in Singapore as an innovation leader in the region,”said Mr Quek Swee Kuan, Deputy Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

“Innovation is in our DNA. Thales invests more in research and technology than most other industrial groups and with this inauguration we reaffirm this commitment to innovation. By leveraging the multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary Thales teams in Asia and across the world, the entire technology and research portfolio of the Group can be accessed by local clients to meet their needs in each of our strategic countries like Singapore,said Jean-Bernard Levy, Chairman and CEO, Thales Group.

Notes To Editors

1. About Singapore’s Innovation Hub team and Design Thinking

The Thales team is trained by the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy from the DesignSingapore Council equipped with “The Tools and Methods for Implementing Design Thinking” — a workshop covering the process of design thinking and innovation, as well as topics such as user empathy, rapid prototyping and user testing.

Design thinking is a formal solution-based method for practical, creative resolution of problems. This approach differs from the analytical scientific method, which begins with thoroughly defining all the parameters of the problem in order to create a solution. Design Thinking identifies and investigates both known and ambiguous aspects of the current situation in order to discover hidden parameters and open alternative paths to a solution. Because Design Thinking is iterative, intermediate “solutions” are also potential starting points of alternative paths, including redefining of the initial problem.

2. About the partnerships forged with Singapore Universities

To strengthen the Innovation Hub in Singapore, Thales is forging a strong partnership with the Singapore Universityof Technology & Design (SUTD). SUTD, established in close partnership with MIT in the U.S., has incorporated into its curriculum inputs from the industry to meet the needs of the world. By hosting interns from SUTD and participating in SUTD’s Capstone Programme (an integrated design project for senior year undergraduate students), Thales hopes to inject fresh perspectives into our innovation challenges and grow the pool of Design-aware engineering talents in Singapore.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of EUR14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

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October 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

MKU in Advanced Stage of Readiness to Comply With Force Protection Requirements of Philippines Armed Forces

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KANPUR, India /PRNewswire/ — MKU Pvt. Ltd. a leading manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for personnel and land-air-sea platforms participated in Asian Defence & Security (ADAS) 2014, the inaugural Defence, Security and Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference held in Manila focused on the Philippines and the Asia Pacific region.


The Armed Forces, Philippines, has embarked on an ambitious modernization program looking at the developments in the geo political scenario in the region. In his presentation to the delegates, Sharad Khandelwal, Director, Global Sales, highlighted the global trends and advancements in ballistic protection gear. Speaking on the occasion, he informed that MKU has been following the ‘Force Protection’ requirements of the Armed Forces of Philippines very keenly for the past 2-3 years and has developed a range of products which comply with the same. He also presented technological advancement that could be made in ‘Force Protection Equipment’ in line with the emerging global trends in ballistic protection gear.

MKU already has an established presence in the region and has already supplied ballistic protection equipment to countries/regions like Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia,Australia, Taiwan and Macao. It is well equipped to meet the requirements of the defense and security agencies with its leading technologies and customized solutions.

MKU showcased several of its innovative products including Instavest, Police Over Vest and Boltfree Helmet. MKU highlighted its range of night vision devices including monocular, binocular and Night Weapon Sight.Instavest from MKU is the fastest ‘quick release‘ Ballistic jacket which can be divested by the wearer in one single action in a fraction of a second and re-assembled again very quickly. Another featured product in the personal protection range was the ‘Boltfree Helmet’ which is based on ‘no-drill concept’, that not only provides uniform protection across the shell but also safety from secondary metallic fragments.

MKU was setup in 1985 and till date has provided protection to over 1.5 million soldiers. It has, in its repertoire, 1000+ solutions covering more than 100 threats. MKU is a registered supplier to NATO since 1993. Its products are used and trusted by 230 forces in over 100 countries worldwide including the UN and BAAINBw. Its facilities are certified according to AS 9100.

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July 25, 2014 at 10:56 am

Frost & Sullivan Announces the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Indonesia Aerospace Awards Recipients

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JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan today presented 3 awards to the best and brightest in the Indonesian Aerospace industry at the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Indonesia Aerospace Awards.

In its second time, the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Indonesia Aerospace Awards was held in Jakarta in conjunction with the Airlines & Airports 2013 Conference & Exhibition and officiated by Bapak Herry Bakti Singayuda Gumay as the Chairman, Advisory Board of Indonesia Aviation Forum and Bapak E.E. Mangindaan, Minister of Transportation, Republic of Indonesia. The awards recognize best practices in management, service and industry excellence within Indonesian Aerospace industry.

“Recipients of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Indonesia Aerospace Awards were selected by industry analysts by comparing market participants and measuring performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research. We are proud and happy to host the 2nd Indonesia Aerospace Awards together with Airlines & Airports 2013 Conference & Exhibition and celebrate best practices in Indonesian aerospace industry,” said Eugene van de Weerd, Country Director, Frost & Sullivan Indonesia in his welcome remarks.

Subhranshu Sekhar Das, Director-Asia Pacific, Aerospace & Defense Practice at Frost & Sullivan noted that the Awards recognize the talents of Indonesian companies that have exceeded the market expectations of product and service.

“The volatile nature of the industry has pushed industry players, especially the Asian players, to focus on implementing best practices within their operations. This has resulted in quality of delivery and results-driven client relationships, positively impacting the global aviation landscape,” Subhranshu explained.

An independent panel of eminent judges participated in a judicious evaluation and selection process to determine the award recipients. This year’s panel judges consists of Bapak Richard Budihadianto, Chairman of Indonesian Aircraft Maintenance Shop Association (IAMSA);  Bapak Dudi Soedibyo, Senior Editor of Angkasa magazine; Bapak Alvin Lie and Bapak Gerry Soejatman as the Indonesian aviation observers.

Frost & Sullivan congratulates all the recipients of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Indonesia Aerospace Awards

Award Recipient
2013 Best Performing Indonesian Airport of the Year Juanda International Airport –

PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero)

2013 Best Indonesian Airline Support Service

Provider of the Year

PT Aerofood Indonesia
2013 Best Managed Indonesian Low Cost Airline of

the Year

PT Indonesia AirAsia

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April 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm