PARIS — December. 20, 2012 — ARELIS group acquires entire transmission business portfolio including radio and television transmitter products lines of the former subsidiary of THALES which later became the TECHNICOLOR group. This acquisition significantly enhances the activities of the former French industry flagship company.
With more than 160 references worldwide, THOMSON Broadcast entity remains a leader both in radio and television transmission and in the military market. ARELIS Group will keep on investing to guarantee sustainable and lasting development of THOMSON Broadcast with 100% of its products manufactured in France – these include the latest generation of high efficiency GreenPower radio and television transmitters providing significant energy savings.
With this acquisition, ARELIS becomes a key European provider of radio frequency and microwave electronics, energy conversion and testing with complete capabilities ranging from R&D to production. Strongly established in the aerospace and defense markets, ARELIS adds with this acquisition, a new sector of television and radio transmission. The group now employs 270 over four main sites: Marville, Saint-Aubin-les- Elbeuf, Saumur and Conflans-.
About ARELIS Group
The French group formed by the merger in 2010 of two innovative companies MEUSONIC and SERICAD became in less than two years a major industrial and strategic partner in microwave energy conversion. Member of the Gifas (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautique et Spatiale) and of the NAE (AeroEspace Normandy), the group acquired in 2010 LNA (Low Noise Amplifier) activity of ZODIAC Data Systems. The group manufactures since 2011 radar power modules for a subsidiary of Thales in Brazil and has acquired a production unit AsteelFlash Anjou. ARELIS is also actively supported by the French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) especially through the RAPID program, a financial support program dedicated to small defense companies. ARELIS has been fundraised in June 2012 by ACE Management (a private equity investor acting on behalf of prime rank partners such as EADS, Airbus, , Thales, Safran, CEA, Areva...) for 6.5 million Euros which has strongly accelerated its development and external growth. The French group has now significant financial resources to carry out its development policy. The goal is to increase by 3 years € 27 million turnover to € 75 million in the areas of R & D and production in the microwave electronics and energy conversion as well as testing.
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About THOMSON BROADCAST
Since the earliest years of broadcasting, the Thomson name has been synonymous with expertise and innovation at the highest level. A trusted partner to the world's leading broadcasters, Thomson has pioneered many developments that have shaped the industry, leading innovation in solid-state technology, Digital Adaptive Pre-correction (DAP), Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), and Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); winning multiple Emmy® Awards; and gaining more than 50 patents in technologies that have become fundamental to broadcasting. THOMSON Broadcast is building on this great heritage with a market-leading portfolio of transmission products for terrestrial television, radio broadcasting, and state-of-the-art products for scientific applications, combined with world-class systems integration services.
With more than 50,000 active Thomson transmission systems deployed worldwide and a global support presence, THOMSON Broadcast continues to forge technologies for the future, with initiatives such as the innovative GreenPower and broadcast/mobile convergence programs. In addition to broadcasting, Thomson's list of projects in the field of special applications dates back to 1981 and includes installations on five continents managed by private and public organizations operating in the areas of scientific research, medical, or industrial applications.
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