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Siemens FABRIC Berlin "Where data, Siemensstadt & Ingenuity meet"

02. July 2019



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The new Siemensstadt: Living an innovation lifestyle in the “city district of the future”

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.

Siemensstadt Areal

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.

Fingerabdruck Karte Berlin Zukunftsorte

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.

Siemensstadt Berlin

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!

  • +170 years

    Sounds like a lot of experience – And it is

    For Berlin: A mere 172! We are using our experience and knowledge network to explore new avenues with you!

  • 940.000 m²

    Sounds like a lot of space – And it is

    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.

  • 600 Mio. €

    Sounds like a major commitment – And it is

    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.

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.