Neuilly-sur-Seine, France –15 November 2012 – Thales announces the acquisition of
Sysgo AG, the European leader in safe and secure operating systems required for
markets served by the Group such as aeronautics, space, transport, defence and
security. Sysgo employs 80 people in Germany, France and the Czech Republic.
The operation will strengthen Thales’s leadership in embedded computing solutions for
mission-critical applications. At the same time, it will bring Sysgo access to the market
for Thales solutions, consolidating the company’s position as Europe’s leading provider
of safe and secure operating systems while supporting its capacity to expand into new
markets such as automotive.
Luc Vigneron, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Thales, called the acquisition “an
excellent opportunity to bring on board dynamic teams of experts in advanced software
technologies. This will accelerate the development of the next generation of operating
systems, particularly for avionics applications. All of our markets will benefit from the key
competencies of Sysgo, as the Group addresses growing safety and security
requirements with new generations of multi-core processors.”
In a joint statement, the Executive Team of Sysgo, Michael Tiedemann and Knut Degen,
said they were delighted to see the company being backed up by “an organisation with
the breadth and calibre of Thales. This step boosts Sysgo’s technological and
commercial development both within Thales and with our long-standing customer base
in the open market . So all of us at Sysgo are very excited about the future development
plan proposed by Thales, which is providing us with the ability, but also the freedom to
promote the PikeOS operating system globally in all market segments.”
Sysgo will be a subsidiary of Thales while retaining its core mission and brand identity.
The company will continue to be headquartered in Klein-Winternheim, near Frankfurt, Germany.
Thales will rely heavily on the company’s current management and staff to ensure that
Sysgo can guarantee continuity of service with existing customers.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 22,500 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 as local partners. www.thalesgroup.com