Thales Completes Acquisition of Gemalto, Adds U.S. Operations
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 | Comments

Thales completed the acquisition of Gemalto, creating a global firm in digital identity and security. With Gemalto, Thales will cover the entire critical decision chain in a digital world from data generation via sensors to real-time decision support.

Completed in 15 months, the acquisition of Gemalto by Thales for €4.8 billion (US$5.6 billion) will allow Thales to develop secure solutions, such as unmanned air traffic management, data and network cybersecurity, airport security and financial transaction security.

The acquisition increases Thales’s revenues to €19 billion (US$22.4 billion) and self-funded research and development (R&D) to €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) a year, with 80,000 employees in 68 countries.

In the U.S., Thales will add nearly 2,000 professionals for more than 5,000 employees across 22 states. Thales will also gain four new U.S.-based business entities adding to a footprint that has existed in the U.S. for more than 100 years.

Following this acquisition, Gemalto will form one of Thales’ seven global divisions to be named Digital Identity and Security (DIS). Gemalto will interact with all the group’s civil and defense customers and will strengthen its industrial presence in 68 countries. Thales will considerably expand its operations in Latin America, Northern Asia, Southeast Asia and India, and North America.

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