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Siemens offers a wide range of solutions and services in France, where its Energy, Healthcare, Industry, and Infrastructure & Cities Sectors occupy leading positions. In fiscal 2013, Siemens in France scored major successes in all four Sectors:
The Energy Sector won and completed a number of major projects. As a case in point, the Fossil Power Generation Division officially opened the combined natural gas power plant in Toul-Croix de Metz (Lorraine Region), which will operate for the electricity provider POWEO. This was a turnkey project delivered and installed by Siemens, with a capacity of 422 MW. The Inelfe project, led by the Power Transmission Division and involving construction of the world’s highest capacity power converter stations, is underway. It will use the latest high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) PLUS technology in the interconnection between France and Spain. Seven transformers have been delivered so far. At the same time, the Wind Power Division received an order for the supply, installation, and commissioning of a total of 24 direct-drive wind turbines for four French wind projects. Customers are EDF Energies Nouvelles, leader in the production of renewable energy, and Diamond Generating Europe Limited, an independent power producer. Moreover, the Oil & Gas Division is working on two steam turbines (SST 300) for the new biomass plants located in Vielle-Saint-Girons (Aquitaine) and Estrées-Mont (Picardy), and operated by the energy companies Cofely and CNIM.
The Imaging & Therapy Systems Division maintained its leadership in molecular imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with more than 50 units sold to hospitals and private practices, and bolstered its position as preferred partner to the research community. An illustration of this was the signing of a contract for a 7 Tesla MRI scanner with the Centre d’Exploration Métabolique par Résonance Magnétique (CEMEREM) in Marseille. The Division also took a leading role in interventional imaging, with the success of its ARTIS Zee & Zeego solutions and its Somatom Definition scanner, characterized by lowdosage, precision, ergonomics, and patient safety.
The Clinical Products Division consolidated its lead in digital radiology and regained market share in mammography with its low-dose, state-of-the-art breast screening unit, the Mamomat Inspiration Prime. In the ultrasound field, the first ever wireless ultrasound scanner was introduced onto the French market after gaining Conformité Européenne/European compliance (CE) certification. A broader product portfolio also enabled the Division to gain market share in key ultrasound applications, such as cardiology.
The Diagnostics Division commissioned the first three Aptio™ automation systems ever installed in France. Aptio™ automation forms the basis of the new generation in automation systems for lab optimization, with Siemens' signature automation workflow expertise. The Division also renewed its contract with one of its key customers, the Geslab purchasing group, for the next three years.
The Healthcare Sector in France (comprising the three Divisions above) continued its focus on a common customer relationship management methodology, always placing its customers at the center of decisions and approaches.
The Industry Sector in France performed well again in 2013. “Industry 4.0” is the path into the future for industrial companies. The integration of IT systems used for virtual planning and real production provides significant productivity leverage for industrial enterprises in global competition. This is why Siemens is placing particular emphasis on extending its innovation lead in IT and software for industry. In France, Siemens has installed its design and modeling software solutions in a major automobile manufacturer’s factory. Thanks to innovative software products, systems can now be designed and tested “virtually.” In this “digital factory,” no prototypes are needed, shortening customers’ manufacturing processes by three months.
The Industry Automation Division held a huge customer event in Paris, in the famous hemispherical cinema, La Géode, to launch its integrated automation system, the SIMATIC S7-1500. The event was designed to introduce the product to major French industrial companies, as well as to the national and trade press. More than 480 customers attended.
The Drive Technologies Division is steadily becoming the standard for machine tools manufacturing in the aerospace sector. After several years of development, Siemens’ original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is now becoming a market leader in milling very thin metal plates (for example, for aircraft wings) for the aerospace industry, which previously used chemical milling. This new green technology is faster, cheaper, and produces no chemical waste. Siemens was chosen to supply one of the largest French distributors with the latest easy-to-use V20 standard drive. The Division also won a contract to replace the medium-voltage motor of a large pumping station with a variable speed motor (H compact-plus). Gradual start-up, flow variation, and 30 percent energy savings are the main customer advantages of the solution.
The Customer Services Division developed a new service to manage the energy costs of industrial facilities more efficiently. The Energy Efficiency Service Center enables customers to achieve energy savings of between ten and 50 percent by optimizing their industrial energy management. In 2013, the Division delivered a turnkey project in a European carbon fiber company for aeronautical applications and also an obsolescence management solution for a major nuclear company for stocking automation spare parts in order to guarantee continuity of production over the coming years.
Siemens and EDF, France’s top energy producer and supplier, have signed a strategic partnership to promote and implement energy efficiency solutions. Siemens’ industrial and agricultural customers wishing to set up electronic variable speed systems in asynchronous motors and create an ISO 50001-compliant energy management system, for example, will benefit from personalized guidance and EDF advice on how to save energy using these products and solutions.
In 2013, the Rail Systems Division in France signed two large contracts. The first was for the third extension (two additional stations) of the Véhicule Automatique Léger/automatic light vehicle (Val) automatic metro line in Turin (Italy). The second – for approximately EUR 178 million – was for the supply of railway systems and project management services for the first Cityval automatic metro line in Rennes in the west of France. The Division also delivered 18 additional Val trains for the metro network in Toulouse in the south of France. The Mobility and Logistics Division received an order to equip the extension (four new stations) of metro Line 1 in Algiers (Algeria) with a signaling system. The order includes the Trainguard MT CBTC automatic train control system, the Airlink radio transmission system, the Scada operating control center, and the Digiloc train location system. As the Center of Competence for fully automated metro systems, the Mobility and Logistics Division will provide the Trainguard MT CBTC automatic train control system for upgrading the 47 kilometer-long line from the Chinese border to the central business district of Hong Kong Island (China). In Paris, Line 1 is now operating in fully automated mode, with great benefits for the Parisian operator RATP in terms of commercial operating speed, number of trains needed, frequency, and flexibility of operation. Line 1 and Line 14 – also automated by Siemens – are now the most reliable lines on the Parisian rail network. This Division has also equipped 38 buses in Rouen in the west of France with the Optiboard solution (innovative optical guidance system for buses and trolleybuses).
The Building Technologies Division won several projects in hospitals, whenever possible selling a comprehensive solution for the entire hospital – rather than just fire security, safety, or comfort solutions individually. It won two large projects, one for Kuhn in eastern France for building security, and the other at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris for energy efficiency in the Marriott Hotel. The Division also celebrated the 50th anniversary of its fire safety business in France.
With a workforce of around 6,980, seven production sites, and numerous partnerships with universities, higher education institutions, and competitive clusters (geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions working in a particular field), Siemens plays an active role in economic development in France and abroad. Siemens France operates nine Research and Development (R&D) centers, seven of which are Centers of Competence located throughout the world. They cover a wide range of high-tech segments such as automatic transportation systems, metallurgy, power transmission and distribution, software design and production, and fire detection. Siemens France generates more than one third of its revenue from exports.