02. July 2019
Siemensstadt lives on: We want to transform this industrial site – which is listed for historic preservation and is in the western part of the city – into a modern, urban section of Berlin – our neighborhood of the future!
The new Siemensstadt site will cover 940,000 m² – an area that is 32 times larger than the Alexanderplatz public square in downtown Berlin. By 2030, we’ll be investing €600 million in a new world of residential and work spaces as well as in areas of research such as electric mobility, Industrie 4.0, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.
“The founding concept behind Siemensstadt in 1897 was to unite working, research and living and thus create an intact symbiosis for a successful future. […] And that’s what Siemensstadt 2.0 is all about.”
Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG
Even in the initial conceptual planning for Siemensstadt in 1897, the Siemens founders called for co-location of modern, factory-owned apartments and the working world. Cultural and social institutions like churches, schools, recreational facilities and parks have always been part of this integrative approach. This tradition is more than 100 years old, and we want to continue it and enhance it.
That’s why we’re rethinking Siemensstadt: The idea is for this part of Berlin to provide space for living and working while serving as a hub for innovation in Germany and throughout the world. We want to build on our status as a thought leader in automation and industrial digitalization.
To this end, we’re shaping a smart city, a forward-looking urban concept. We’ll be incorporating ultramodern and sustainable technologies, selected core technologies and exciting startups into the new city district.
Promoting social integration, generating new jobs and creating affordable living space are just three of the many challenges that we’re addressing.
In this way, we’re strengthening the short-, medium- and long-term future of Berlin as a location for business and for industry – just as Siemens did more than 120 years ago, when it built the first Siemensstadt.
No single company can solve all the challenges of the future on its own. By creating the new Siemensstadt, we’re building an open innovation platform with which we’re jointly developing trailblazing solutions and services together with partners.
The new Siemensstadt is to become an ecosystem for companies and startups. To make this happen, we’re opening our gates and ensuring that our partners can access our expertise in service and in manufacturing.
We want to look “beyond our own backyard” and create space for new ideas, thought experiments or crazy inventions. To ensure that all this doesn’t just remain theory, we also want to implement these projects right on location.
Agile methods, collaboration and enjoying work – the spark of the spirit of innovation should be passed on from team to team.
In this way, we’re creating an environment in which talented young people can work together with experts from the industrial, business and scientific communities to implement their ideas. An important step toward ensuring that Berlin remains a location that stands for innovation and progress!
For Berlin: A mere 172! We are using our experience and knowledge network to explore new avenues with you!
For Berlin: On a site covering an area equal to 130 soccer pitches, we’re creating a smart city for living, learning and laboring in an experimental environment.
For Berlin: We’re investing €600 million. That’s the largest sum ever invested in the history of our company in a single project and single location.
The Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science contains research works for the Siemensstadt project. Future technologies are to be researched, tested and produced here. The Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science is special because research takes place at the site of production. Thus, ideas can be used directly for industrial purposes. Innovations for the “district of tomorrow” shall be created here by co-creation and co-location of the partners.
At the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science more than 25 partners already cooperate with each other, including TU Berlin, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Siemens AG as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. The close cooperation shall enable a high speed of innovation and thus strengthen Berlin as an industrial site.
Berlin is developing into one of the most dynamic scientific and economic regions in Germany. As a leading start-up metropolis, capital of the digital economy and Smart City, Berlin offers new access to innovations, promising business models and the necessary talents. In addition, the German capital offers an excellent science and research landscape. Companies in the energy sector are facing challenges due to far-reaching structural changes in the market environment. The energy transition and the opportunities offered by digitalization make it necessary to fundamentally rethink concepts and products and thus also strategies of traditional production sites.
The initial focus of the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science is on digitalization, additive manufacturing and new materials in three fields of application: electrical drive technology, high-temperature applications and maintenance, repair and overhaul in the energy sector. In the future, mobility and smart infrastructure topics will also be addressed.