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What goals is Siemens pursuing with this major project?

We want to actively shape the future: We’re connecting industry, science and residential living – and are thus creating space for innovation and creativity.

We want to strengthen core technologies and future-oriented technologies: Intelligence and the ability to innovate are the lifeblood of our company. Germany’s excellently trained employees are the backbone of the country’s knowledge economy. By developing the new Siemensstadt, we want to strengthen all these aspects so that Germany can remain competitive as a place to do business.

We want to further increase Berlin’s attractiveness as an industrial location: We’re investing in the transformation of Siemensstadt in order to turn it into an attractive section of the city with an innovative urban character.

Wir wollen den Industriestandort Berlin weiter für die Zukunft ausbauen: Wir investieren in die Transformation der Siemensstadt, um aus ihr ein attraktives Stadtviertel mit urbanem und innovativem Charakter zu schaffen.

What goals is Siemens pursuing with its IWCB?

The Industry and Science Campus Berlin (IWCB) is the first concrete, elementary measure being taken as part of the Siemensstadt initiative. It consists of close collaboration between partners from industry and science in the area of research and development. The focus is on the core technologies of digitalization, additive manufacturing and new materials/coatings. So far, about 30 partners are on board.

What will this project mean for Berlin?

Our investment in Berlin as an industrial location is the largest investment of this kind ever to be made in this city by a single company. For companies, but also for residents, it shows that we believe in Berlin’s innovative strength and future viability. And this confidence will have ripple effects that extend far beyond city limits.

What partner companies will be participating in the project?

The response to our project has been very positive, and people have been following it with great interest. We’re talking with different companies from the fields of energy and industry. In addition, we want to work together with universities and research institutes.

When will construction of the new Siemensstadt be complete?

Over the next five to ten years, we intend to invest up to €600 million in rebuilding Siemensstadt. The project is to be finished in 2030.

What site is the project to be realized on?

For the most part, we’ll be building the new buildings on the grounds of the current Siemensstadt. However, the gas-turbine factory on Huttenstrasse will also play an important role. As far as content and technologies are concerned, all areas of the business will, of course, contribute – regardless of where in Berlin they’re located.

Why is Siemens starting this project now – at a time when some fields of business are undergoing a massive structural transformation?

It’s correct that we’re currently undergoing a massive structural transformation – in particular, in the market for conventional power generation as well as for oil and gas. This situation leads to some key requirements: For one thing, we need to adapt with speed and agility when markets change. For another thing, we need to place our bets on the right technologies of the future. And we want to meet these needs in Siemensstadt together with external partners.

What are the next steps and when will there be a tender process for the planned construction (architects, urban planners, etc.)?

The urban design competition will lay the groundwork for the subsequent steps.

What role did the City of Berlin play in the decision for selecting a location for these activities?

Berlin is Europe’s “digital capital” and one of its leading startup cities. In addition, with around 1,800 startups, Berlin is home to nearly one-third of Germany’s start-up scene. This positive development offers opportunities for Siemens. And since Berlin is the city in which our company was founded, a new ecosystem of companies and startups, as well as research and scientific institutes, is also to be created there.
We’re taking on social responsibility for Germany’s capital – as a partner to the city, to the scientific community and to the next generation of employees.

Which Siemens Business Units will be part of Siemensstadt? Which technologies will the activities there be focusing on?

In particular, we want the areas of Smart Infrastructure, Gas and Power, and Mobility to be represented at the innovation campus. For these areas, we’ll be conducting research in various fields, including – among others – energy management, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and data analytics. We’re ready for Industrie 4.0!

How will you be dealing with the topics of infrastructure and broadband access?

We want to create infrastructure that meets the requirements for the year 2030 and far beyond. An integral part of this will be, among other things, ensuring a fast connection to the airport as well as high data transmission rates for Internet access. On these points, we’ve already reached viable agreements with the Senate of Berlin and have held initial talks with the relevant suppliers.

What will the new Siemensstadt be called?

We’ll let you make that decision! After the architectural design competition, we’ll launch a competition in which Berlin’s residents can choose a new name.

To what extent will this project lead to growth in the workforce?

With the new Siemensstadt, we’re securing our Berlin location’s future while creating residential space for families and students. At the same time, we’re opening Siemensstadt for external companies, startups, universities and research institutes.

How many people does Siemens currently employ in Berlin?

Berlin is our largest manufacturing location worldwide. In total, we employ around 11,000 people in Berlin, about half of whom work in manufacturing.