"The Senate of Berlin convincingly demonstrated to us that it wants a major project of this kind. And it has created very good conditions to make this development a success for both sides," said Cedrik Neike, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. "As a native Berliner," he continued "I'm also pleased with this agreement at a very personal level. The new Siemensstadt will enable us to create an ecosystem that is open to all in order to bring working, researching, living and learning together in one place. We're connecting top technology with new working environments, which enables us to develop a neighborhood that offers space for driving advances and progress. So we're picking up on Werner von Siemens' original thinking and carrying his idea into the future."
The project is a long-term, future-oriented commitment to Germany as a business location: for our employees, for residents and for the metropolitan area, it is to be a symbol for innovative power and science. The partners' intention in signing the pact for the future is to strengthen the State of Berlin's position as a home to forward-looking industries and technologies and turn Siemensstadt into one of the company's most important locations in this respect. As part of this project, Siemens' current property in Spandau is to be developed into a technology park and incubator in the heart of Siemensstadt by the end of 2030. The existing industrial architecture provides an attractive environment for new work models and an excellent basis for meeting future production requirements. Trailblazing office, research and production spaces are to be created, as well as modern residential concepts.
Specifically, activities in fields of application such as distributed energy systems and energy management, electric vehicle technology, Industrie 4.0, machine learning, networked assets, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, data analytics, blockchain, and additive manufacturing are to be based in Siemensstadt. The concept calls for investments in core competencies in production and service, which will also lead to new job profiles. In cooperation with the Senate of Berlin, Siemens will conduct an urban planning competition as the basis for the project's further development.
As part of the Siemensstadt agreement, a second memorandum of understanding (MoU), for an industrial and scientific campus, was signed with the City of Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). This MoU sets the course for the first concrete measure, which will address both a dedicated set of core technologies as well as specific fields of application in conventional power plant technology.
Siemens has about 11,400 employees in Berlin. In addition to manufacturing, they work in the areas of engineering, research and development, training and continuing education, customer service and sales. As a result, Berlin is still Siemens' biggest manufacturing location worldwide.
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More information on the history of Siemens in Berlin is available at www.siemens.com/history-siemensstadt