Siemens is under no pressure from German authorities in regarding its cooperation with Russia, stated Joe Kaeser, Siemens CEO, after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“There was no pressure, when the head of a major German company, which has worked in Russia for 160 years, came to meet with the Russian president. In any case, we were building their relationship, long-term perspective and on the basis of trust that exists between us and our Russian partners,” said Kaeser (Prime News Agency).
Siemens in Russia
In fiscal 2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013), sales to customers in Russia amounted to nearly EUR 2.17 billion ( from EUR 1.6 billion in the previous fiscal year) and new orders totaled around EUR 2.04 billion (from EUR 2.174 billion in the previous fiscal year).
“Russia is considered a strategic market for Siemens. We give great importance to the Russian-German partnership and actively participate in the modernization of industry and the economy of Russian’s regions. Our company is represented in all districts and in more than 30 cities across the country, from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok. Dozens of projects in urban infrastructure, transport, energy and medicine implements currently concern in the regions and we are proud to use the experience and technology of “Siemens” in the process of modernization and development of all sectors of the economy ” states Dr. Dietrich Moeller is President of Siemens Russia on the company’s website.
In an interview for thinkRussia (2009), Mr. Moeller affirms that in the coming years Siemens was to dramatically expand their presence in Russia as a local player: “We want to invest more than €500 billion ($707.3 billion) in new production facilities that will create 3,500 jobs. I’m sure this will make a significant contribution to the modernization of the Russian industry and infrastructure”.
- Siemens currently has more than 3,120 employees in Russia.
- Siemens’ strategy in Russia is centered on:
– Regionalization, with representative offices in the 7 main Russian federal districts as well as in over 30 Russian cities.
– Localization along the entire value added chain, including research and development. With its partners, Siemens successfully implemented a EUR 1 billion investment program with various local projects and set up and expanded eight production and R&D facilities as well as several engineering centers in Russia.
– Energy efficiency programs to support Russia in achieving energy savings of 44 percent to 79 percent of the country’s primary energy consumption.
- Siemens celebrated its 160th anniversary in Russia with several major contracts: the delivery of turbines to the power plant in Perm, of diagnostics equipment to several hospitals in the Moscow region and of a new large-scale hot briquetting iron plant for the Lebedinsky mining company.
- Siemens expanded its partnership with Russian Railways by providing Velaro RUS (Sapsan) high-speed trains for the rail lines between St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.
Railway projects in Russia:
– Siemens and Russian Railways (RZD) signed a contract, worth over EUR 650 million, for the delivery of a second series of eight Velaro RUS (Sapsan) trains and a 30-year service contract (2012).
– The First Desiro RUS trains (Lastochka) were delivered to Russia for testing and newly designed sleeping coaches were delivered to the Tver coach manufacturing factory (TVZ). (2012).
– The Mobility & Logistics Division executed its first engineering contract, valued at over EUR 3 million, for rail marshalling yards. This project will help modernize the world’s largest freight railway network. (2012).
– Urals Locomotives LLC (Siemens and Sinara JV established in 2010) manufactures freight electric locomotives, the 2ES6 and 2ES10 “Granit,”. Siemens, the Sinara Group and Russian Railways signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the production and delivery of 675 freight locomotives for Russian Railways (RZD) by the end of 2020. Ural Locomotives also presented a new AC cargo locomotive that had been jointly developed with Siemens for the 1520 area.
– Metallostroy, near Saint Petersburg, is home to the maintenance depot where Russia’s high-speed Sapsan train is serviced. One of the most advanced maintenance facilities in the world, the depot operates around the clock – thus ensuring the Sapsan’s more than 99 percent availability. Service personnel at Metallostroy employ state-of-the-art technologies. For example, touch screens displaying each train’s condition and the work still to be done are distributed in the track area. Technicians use these screens to view their work packages and to report the time needed and the materials required to complete their tasks. Russia’s high-speed rail transportation system currently has no operational reserve. This means that all eight Sapsan trains are in operation every day on the stretch between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. For this reason, maintenance has to be carried out mainly at night – outside normal operating times. In addition, the trains must be continuously monitored during daily operation. A large quantity of data reflecting each train’s current condition is collected in the process, making it possible to identify abnormalities and fault patterns in time to prevent malfunctions before they occur.
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