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Siemens offers a wide range of solutions and services in Belgium and Luxembourg, where its Energy, Healthcare, Industry, and Infrastructure & Cities Sectors hold leading positions. In fiscal 2013, Siemens in BeLux scored major successes in all Sectors:
The Belgian electricity transmission system operator Elia concluded a framework agreement with Siemens for gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations. The first 70-kV substations were installed, and work is proceeding on additional substations.
The Energy Sector successfully upgraded the complete distributed control systems (DCS) for two combined-cycle power plants owned by Electrabel (GDF Suez Group). A Siemens power and process automation T3000 (SPPA-T3000) control system was installed for flexible plant operation, quick diagnostics, and remote assistance and maintenance in the power plant of Drogenbos this year.
The Siemens steam turbine at the Flemish waste processing company I.V.M. recycles production steam to generate electricity, transforming the plant into its own energy source. The control system was upgraded for maximum efficiency and the bi-annual overhaul of the turbine was initiated.
In 2013, Lanxess and Siemens cooperated to develop a turbine solution to meet the technical requirements of Lanxess’s production process. The 6.5 MW steam turbine that was ordered is capable of handling high variations in steam conditions and flow.
The two Luxembourg-based hospitals Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch and Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg (CHL) selected Siemens to provide each with a brand new Somatom Definition Flash dual-source computed tomography (CT) scanner.
The Saint-Camille Hospital in Burkina Faso ordered a Siemens magnetic resonance (MR) scanner to expand its Radiology Department, two years after ordering and installing a computed tomography (CT) scanner. The MR scanner is the first of its kind in Burkina Faso.
The Siemens Aptio Automation project at the CHwapi Notre-Dame site (Tournai, Belgium) takes lab automation to the next level. The Diagnostics Division’s Total Lab Automation concept will significantly improve performance and efficiency.
The Industry Automation Division successfully introduced the new controller platform SIMATIC S7-1500 and the engineering framework Totally Integrated Automation Portal. With this, Siemens BeLux supports and boosts its customers’ efficiency and flexibility, and decreases its time-to-market. Reference projects at leading companies like Begro and Vandemoortere are evidence of this.Furthermore, Siemens’ SIMATIC HMI Comfort panels give the company a leading edge in innovation in this segment in Europe. The solid partnership with its solution partners helped Siemens achieve its ambitious goals.
The Drive Technologies Division won the order for an integrated drive system for Svex, a Belgian joint venture providing integrated solutions for waste management.
A comprehensive retrofit of a configurable network computing (CNC) application was completed in record time at the Case New Holland (CSN) site in Antwerp. This resulted in more flexibility for the manufacturing of different driveline components.
In order to comply with the current standards set forth in IT security legislation, Siemens proposed, engineered, and commissioned a complete remodeling of the industrial Ethernet network at the production site of Kaneka Belgium, N.V. The Metals Technologies Business Unit won an order for the upgrade of the main drive equipment for the hot-strip mill of ArcelorMittal Florange (France). This is the fourth such order handled by Siemens Belgium, proving its status as a center of competence in Europe for this technology.
Electrical cabinets and driver desks for the 200-AM08 Desiro trains, ordered by Belgian Railways (SNCB/NMBS), are produced in the Siemens production center in Huizingen, which is a global competence center for key account production. The project is ongoing and will be completed in 2015.
Siemens is currently implementing the Oued Séguin part of the Athmania dam-to-dam water transportation project for KouGC. The Ain Kercha part of this Algerian project is in the final stage of negotiations. Together, both projects amount to more than EUR 50 million.
Siemens’ Infrastructure & Cities Sector again posted high revenues in railway automation. The project implementing the European cross-border train control system ETCS ensures a safer, standardized rail network.
The Rail Systems Division in BeLux is currently working on two huge projects. All 120 HLE18 locomotives were delivered to Belgian Railways (SNCB). In the AM08 project Siemens is supplying 305 Desiro ML trains for SNCB for a total value of EUR 1.5 billion, of which 140 trains were accepted by SNCB. A spare parts order worth EUR 3.1 million was placed with Siemens AG during the fiscal year also for the AM08 project.
A new contract for an automatic tram protection and interlocking system for the Pre-Metro in Antwerp was signed, as well as two new contracts for traffic management.
After awarding a framework contract for camera security earlier this year, SNCB recently also awarded the Business Unit a framework contract for the security of more complex signal boxes, tunnels, and large buildings.
Good corporate citizenship is firmly anchored in the corporate culture of Siemens BeLux.
Siemens BeLux is reaching out to employees, the media, students, employees’ children, and the general public to communicate its vision for innovation. Recently, three projects were set up: Fast Forward, an internal online business game for all employees of Siemens BeLux, stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship. Little Innovators is a technology workshop for employees’ children between the ages of eight and 12 that introduces them to technology and the Siemens portfolio. Pioneer in Innovation is an exclusive event for female engineering students in Belgium and Luxemburg.