EADS to join Technological Park in Brazil with first lead project by Cassidian
Le Bourget, 18 June 2013
- Group joins the nationally renowned São José dos Campos Technological Park
- Demonstrates the Group’s commitment to Brazil
- Cassidian to focus on defence and security projects
EADS has joined the Technological Park in São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo with a view to further develop the Research & Technology (R&T) activities in close cooperation with local entities. The official announcement was made Tuesday at the Paris Air Show in the presence of Mr Carlinhos Almeida, Mayor of São José dos Campos.
Innovation Works, EADS’ research and technology network, particularly welcomed the initiative. Together with its local divisions, EADS is committed to setting up R&T projects and partnerships with actors from the Brazilian defence and aerospace industry.
In a first step, the new centre will host researchers and technicians from Cassidian, the EADS Group’s defence and security Division, who will be working on developing and improving its defence and security projects, including the transfer of technology to Brazilian government and educational institutions, as well as national companies.
“The city of São José dos Campos is already recognised as a centre of excellence in aerospace and defence related activities. Here, we have found the ideal environment to strengthen our partnership with Brazilian companies and institutions in order to contribute to the technological development of Brazil, a market that we consider to be strategic”, said Christian Scherer, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Cassidian.
"São José dos Campos is widely recognised for the depth and variety of its aerospace activities. This partnership with Cassidian will provide renewed momentum in our constant quest to be at the forefront of innovation in Brazil. For us it is an honour for the city’s strengths to be recognised by a company 2 that is an icon in the world of defence technology”, said the Mayor of São José dos Campos, Carlinhos Almeida.
Among the likely first R&T projects of Cassidian in Brazil will be the development of a software solution for monitoring fragile maritime ecosystems in a project known as “Sistema de Gerenciamento da Amazônia Azul” or “SisGAAz”. Cassidian has already successfully deployed similar systems in areas of intense commercial navigation such as the Baltic Sea and the Arabian Gulf. Such systems could be adapted to Brazilian needs to monitor the entire Brazilian coast. “
It is a source of great pride and satisfaction for us to welcome EADS and Cassidian, one of the most important defence and security companies worldwide," said Horacio Forjaz, Director General of the Technology Park. "We are confident that Cassidian will find the best conditions for carrying out research work and will develop partnerships with businesses and local universities."
This is an example of a further initiative for technology transfer promoted by EADS in Brazil. Since 1978, the Group has one of the world’s most advanced helicopter factories in the city of Itajubá, Minas Gerais.
Notes to Editors
The helicopter factory in Itajubá is operated by Helibras, the Brazilian arm of EADS’ helicopter division Eurocopter, and shares the same technology as other Eurocopter units around the world.
Helibras also supported the creation of the Helicopter Technology Centre (CTH) in Itajubá in partnership with the Federal University Itajubá (UNIFEI), which already offers a postgraduate programme in helicopter engineering and maintenance at the Technological Centre in São José dos Campos. EADS will also be signing an agreement with the UNIFEI for internships in aeronautical engineering at its units in Europe.
In addition to its production facilities, EADS also maintains a solid relationship programme with the University of São Paulo (USP), one of the most renowned educational institutions in Brazil. Activities include internship programmes and exchanges with students of aeronautical engineering, to participate in development projects in the units of EADS in Europe. 3
About the Technological Park - São José dos Campos
Located in one of Brazil’s most important aerospace clusters, the Technological Park of São José dos Campos has set out to promote the emergence, growth and consolidation of innovative industry players and provides access to venture capital funds and academic research institutions. In full operation since mid-2009, the volume of attracted investments in the period totalled R$ 1.56 billion, of which R$ 1.12 billion originated in the private sector. For more information and pictures visit: www.pqtec.org.br
Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
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