Thales has opened its new headquarters at Green Park in Reading, UK, to focus on research and technology.

The company is involved in major projects in the UK and is focused on providing 4G connectivity on flights across Europe in addition to different lifesaving capabilities for the British Armed Forces.

The new Green Park facility will enable the company to generate 500 highly skilled job opportunities in the region, including 300 specialised engineers.

With the opening of the new site, Thales will also be able to create an additional 100 jobs as the company grows in the region.

“The new UK facility is one of the company’s five global centres developed to carry out technology research and development.”

The company significantly contributes to the UK economy with a total of 6,500 employees and annual revenues of £1.3bn.

Thales UK chief executive Victor Chavez said: “The move to Green Park represents a strategic step forward for Thales, bringing together some of our key businesses with our research team to ensure we remain on the cutting edge of customer-focused, technology and business model innovation.

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“This new world-class workspace sets the benchmark for future working environments across Thales in the UK; designed to enable collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers as well as supporting our move to smart working.”

The new UK facility is one of the company’s five global centres developed to carry out technology research and development. It will spend approximately £70m every year in the country.

In addition, the facility is expected by the company to serve as a centre of excellence for secure radio communications, network and infrastructure systems, and cyber-security consultancy.