The country’s power supply is of particular concern to the Indian government. Currently about 30 percent of India’s population has no access to power, which is why the Indian government is planning to add 150 gigawatts over the next seven years – an amount equal to Germany’s entire installed capacity. In addition, 20 percent of the energy mix should be generated from renewable sources by the year 2020. “Like many other nations around the globe, India is facing a green revolution. We have the products and solutions for the country and we want to further expand our position as a green infrastructure provider in India,” said Löscher. One Siemens project involves an investment of approximately €70 million in the construction of a wind turbine factory in India by 2012. The first turbines are scheduled to leave the plant in a little over two years.
Siemens also intends to invest in its value-priced products business. Six new centers of competence for value-priced products from all Siemens Sectors will be established in India by the end of 2010. Plans call for the centers to manufacture a number of various products, including new products in the area of signaling technology as well as steam turbines. These centers will also beresponsible for the entire value chain, from product design, development and production to sales and marketing in India and abroad. “India will become a major center for value-priced products. By the year 2020, we intend to generate revenue of about €1 billion with these products – both within the borders of India and beyond,” said Armin Bruck, CEO of Siemens Ltd., the Siemens Regional Company in India.
Siemens has already started off strong in India in the new fiscal year 2010. In recent weeks, the company signed orders totaling more than €500 million. In the next few years, Siemens will deliver power distribution technology to its customers Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation and Power Grid Corporation.