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Engineering competitiveness as core added value of a company

posted Mar 13, 2017, 8:04 AM by Attila Nemeth
The Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets, facing increasing complexity.

If we go through the 2015 annual report of the company we can spot some interesting and at the same time remarkable gems between the long list of numbers and charts:
  1. Thales recognized engineering competitiveness as one of the key elements for their success (page 19) .

  2. They define "Engineering: the core added value of Thales" (page 24):
    • ~22,500 engineers worldwide (1/3 of group staff)
    • Combining hardware, software and systems expertise to design differentiated solutions
    • Addressing increasingly complex and critical situations
    •  Improved methods, processes and tools key to increase engineering performance
Those points listed sound familiar, right? Yes, they sound like Product Line Engineering!