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SELEXGalileocase studyadvanced engineering sectorINVEST Essex case studies highlighting Essex companies who are leaders in their fieldsThe business and transportlinks offered by offices inclose proximity to London,the South East of Englandand Europe are veryvaluable, particularly aswe have a world-widebusiness presence.Donna McGrory,Head of Media Relations


SELEX Galileoa world leader in integrated sensor solutionsSELEX Galileo, with UK headquarters atBasildon in Essex, is a world leader in surveillance,protection, tracking, targeting, navigation, andcontrol and imaging systems. It provides integratedsensor solutions and throughlife capabilitymanagement for defence systems and homelandsecurity applications for customers in the UK,Europe and US civil avionics and defence markets.SELEX Galileo, which had global revenues of1,755 million Euros in 2007, is part of theFinmeccanica defence electronics group andemploys more than 7000 people in the UK, Italyand the United States.The company’s site at Basildon is the headquartersfor SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems UK. Here,more than 1000 people are involved in the designand development of missile seekers, cooled anduncooled thermal imaging systems, radiofrequency(RF) equipment, civil communications equipment,stabilised platforms and optical assemblies fordefence and homeland security platforms.A high-technology business like this depends onaccess to a highly-skilled workforce. As DonnaMcGrory, Head of Media Relations, explains,“Our Basildon site has manufactured state-ofthe-artmilitary guidance systems and civilaeronautics for world markets for over 50 years.We benefit from the wealth of knowledge thatexists in a company with such a strong heritagein the local area.”The company is therefore able to recruit most ofits staff locally and recognises the value of theapprenticeship schemes operating in the area.It also needs to attract high-calibre graduates andfinds that the quality of life in Essex proves a usefulfactor. Many graduate recruits make their homes inEssex – they enjoy the quieter, rural life but like tohave London so close.As a global business, SELEX Galileo benefitsfrom Essex’s strategic location and excellentnational and international transport links.Donna McGrory comments, “The business andtransport links offered by offices in close proximityto London, the South East of England and Europeare very valuable, particularly as we have aworld-wide business presence.”“London Stansted Airport is very convenient for staffwho are travelling between company sites in Europeor visiting customers,” she explains. “Access to theEssex ports is an important part of the logistics chainin distributing our products to global customers.”The Basildon site is just a short drive from TilburyDocks and the new London Gateway container port, a£1.5 billion investment at a former oil refinery, whichis set to become one of the UK’s most importanthubs, enhancing the economic competitiveness ofEssex businesses even further.London Stansted Airport is veryconvenient for staff who are travellingbetween company sites in Europe orvisiting customers. Access to the Essexports is an important part of the logisticschain in distributing our products toglobal customers.Donna McGrory, Head of Media RelationsSELEX Galileo has a long proud history in Essex andis using that strength to maintain its positionin fiercely-competitive global markets.INVEST Essex provides confidential advice and practical support to companies wanting to establish a presenceor expand in the UK. We promote Essex as an outstanding business destination and help existing and potentialinvestors make the most of our strategic location, thriving business environment, and quality of life.Tel: 01245 702480 Email: contact@investessex.co.uk www.investessex.co.ukKeyMade in EssexGrown in EssexInvented in EssexHelped in Essex

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