In response to partly misleading media reports ‒ most recently in the Mittelbayrische Zeitung under the headline "Siemens knew" ‒ regarding the involvement of Siemens in the planned strategic realignment of Osram AG, Siemens comments as follows:
- Framework contract for up to 1,380 vehicles
- Confirmed order for 106 trains
- First delivery in 2020
- Service on the Ringbahn and southeastern feeder lines
S-Bahn Berlin GmbH has signed a framework contract with the consortium of Stadler Pankow GmbH and Siemens for the delivery of up to 1,380 vehicles. A firm order was placed for the first 106 trains. The 85 four-section and 21 two-section trains have a high triple-digit million-euro order volume. S-Bahn Berlin, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, plans to use the new trains on the Ringbahn lines (S 41 and S 42) as well as on the system's southeastern feeder lines S 47, S 46 and S 8. These lines comprise roughly one-third of the entire S-Bahn network in Berlin. The first ten vehicles will be ready to enter service as of 2020. Subsequently, all remaining vehicles will be delivered continuously to the Berlin system up to 2023. The vehicles will be manufactured and assembled at the Berlin plant operated by Stadler Pankow GmbH.
- Siemens rail technology improves safety and traffic flow
- Connects metropolitan areas of Berlin, Leipzig, Erfurt, Nuremberg and Munich
- Competitive and environmentally friendly alternative to road and air transport
As part of the 8th German Unity Transport Project (VDE 8), Siemens and its consortium partner Kapsch CarrierCom Deutschland GmbH are currently equipping the new section from Ebensfeld via Erfurt to Halle/Leipzig with railway control, signaling and GSM-R technology. Passenger operation has now commenced on the first stage from Erfurt to Halle/Leipzig. As a world first, conventional fixed signals are no longer being used. Communication between the vehicle and the line is transmitted via the GSM-R digital Global System for Mobile Communications – Rail. This permits speeds of up to 300 km/h and enables trains to travel at shorter intervals, thus increasing the throughput.
- Three shareholder representatives proposed for early re-election
The Supervisory Board of Siemens AG wants to ensure continuity in the long-term, successful implementation of the company's Vision 2020 strategy beyond the next regular re-election of shareholder representatives to the Supervisory Board in January 2018. Based on the Nominating Committee's recommendation, the Supervisory Board has therefore decided to propose to the Annual Shareholders' Meeting of Siemens AG on January 26, 2016 the early reelection of Dr. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, Jim Hagemann Snabe and Werner Wenning for terms extending until the Annual Shareholders' Meeting in 2021 in order to ensure their continued participation in the Supervisory Board beyond 2018.
- Largest-ever railway automation order for Siemens – 340 million euros
- Expansion of passenger and freight transport
- Rail engineering permits speeds of up to 160 km/h und increases throughput
Siemens is to supply the signaling, safety and control systems for the 140 km long-distance rail network in the Algiers metropolitan area. The order will be carried out by ESTEL RA, a joint venture of state-run Algerian Railways SNTF (Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires) and Siemens. "As rail automation market leaders, we are supplying state-of-the-art technology to Algeria: cross-border rail services at up to 160 km/h for passengers and freight, shorter headways and greater line utilization", says Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens. The order volume for Siemens amounts to some 340 million euros and is the biggest rail automation order that the company has ever won.
- New unit to create more space for founder and startup culture
- Innovation funds of €100 million for employee ideas
- New research centers in China and Munich
- Company-wide Sinalytics platform for digital services
- Nine researchers honored for around 650 inventions
In the current fiscal year 2016, Siemens will invest around €4.8 billion in research and development (R&D) – some €300 million more than last fiscal year. R&D investment has thus increased about 20 percent since fiscal 2014. A major part of the additional funds is earmarked for automation, digitalization and decentralized energy systems. In fiscal 2015, research intensity ‒ defined as the ratio of R&D expenditures to revenue ‒ was 5.9 percent, an increase of 0.3 percentage points over the prior year. The company is also launching a bundle of measures to further increase its power of innovation.
- New claim stands for timeless engineering expertise, social values and genius
- Global launch in 2016 – the Werner von Siemens anniversary year
To coincide with the 200th birthday of its founder Werner von Siemens, the company is strengthening its global positioning with a new brand appearance, whose central component is the claim "Ingenuity for life." In the future, this claim will appear under the Siemens logo, whose design and color will remain unchanged. Siemens is combining its logo with a slogan. "Ingenuity for life" sums up what Siemens has stood for ever since its founder produced his trailblazing inventions: engineering expertise, genius, innovation and a sense of responsibility.
- 21 four-car metro trains
- Option for another 13 trains
- Pre-equipped for automated operation
Contracts have now been officially exchanged for the announced order from the VAG Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft (traffic stock corporation) for 21 metro trains from Siemens. Two options to deliver up to an additional 13 trains is also part of the contract. The new four-car trains G1 type are earmarked for service on Nuremberg's U1 line. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2018. The trains will be built in the Siemens plant in Vienna, Austria. Core components of the G1 will be manufactured in the Nuremberg metropolitan area and include such products as the drive converters, traction motors, auxiliary converter units and control equipment. The project management, development and service support will be provided from Erlangen.
Siemens is supplying eight Vectron DC type locomotives for operation in Italy. The DB Schenker Rail freight operator has a leasing contract for the locomotives with Unicredit Leasing GmbH. The vehicles are to be put into service from late 2016 onwards. With a maximum power of 5,200 KW, the top speed attained is 160 km/h.
Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has released new research examining how global manufacturers are using innovative finance to seize market opportunities through digitalization and automation. Conducted among manufacturing finance managers in 13 countries, the study found that manufacturers across the world are reporting a need to invest in new-generation technology in order to meet four key sector challenges.These are: to increase production capacity and flexibility to meet changing demand and drive sales; to improve client service quality while reducing production costs; to improve competitive positioning through improved product quality and broader product range and to optimize efficiency, cost control and manufacturing agility through automation and digitalization.