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Siemens slims down industry division

15 April, 2011

Siemens is reorganising its Industry sector to focus better on its industrial customers. It is planning to float its Osram lighting business and to shift building technologies into a new Infrastructure and Cities division. The remaining industry operations will be slimmed down from six divisions into three: Automation; Drive Technologies; and Customer Services. The sector will also strengthen its operations in vertical markets such as automotive, chemicals, and food and beverage, and expand its industrial software activities.

All previous vertical market responsibilities will be integrated with the product and systems businesses of the Automation and Drive Technologies divisions. The Industry sector’s service activities are being merged into a separate Customer Services division with around 14,000 employees worldwide. The reorganisation is due to come into force on October 1, 2011.

The revamped Drive Technologies division will handle large drives, mechanical drives, motion control systems and an e-Car business that is targeting the burgeoning electric transport market with dedicated water-cooled motors and inverters.

Siemens expects the global manufacturing and process industries market to grow to well over €200bn by 2016, expanding at an average annual rate of around 5%. Industry sector CEO, Siegfried Russwurm predicts that there will be an increasing focus on the vertical expertise of industry suppliers.

“We are the only supplier able to cut our customers time-to-market for certain products in half by using software and automation technology, while significantly reducing the costs associated with energy or waste water for a manufacturing company,” he declared at last month’s Hannover Fair. “With our new structure, we intend to offer our bundled expertise from a clearly defined organisation, so that in the marketplace we can even better exploit the advantages we offer over the competition.”

At present, Siemens Industry employs around 204,000 worldwide and last year recorded sales worth around €34.9bn.




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