Ruffley to visit world class local company Thales UK

Tuesday, 5 September, 2006

David Ruffley MP will be visiting the Bury St Edmunds facility of the high-tech company Thales UK on Thursday 7th September.

The Thales company is a well recognised world class company. It employs approximately 9,000 people throughout the UK, employing a total of 60,000 on a worldwide scale. The Bury St Edmunds site focuses on airborne countermeasure deployment systems; reconnaissance cameras and pods; and military video camera systems. At the moment it is developing prototype equipment for the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle system for the British Army.

David said:

'The company is a world class designer and manufacturer of electro-optical systems. It is manufacturing products for the future. For over 90 years it has been designing and producing reconnaissance cameras in Bury St Edmunds, which is now a design centre of excellence within Thales.

'It is a great local business. I look forward to meeting both senior management and shop floor employees to learn of the latest developments and how the success of the company can continue to be encouraged.'