From a small back building workshop in Berlin to a global firm - there are few industrial corporations that can look back on such a long history of success as we can. Through this website, we invite you to take a fascinating trip through nearly 170 years of Siemens history.
1845–2001 – Siemens in the U.S.: From humble beginnings to a multi-billion dollar enterprise
It “really is a sin” to overlook the American market, wrote German entrepreneur Werner von Siemens in 1881 to his brother William. In his older years, the founder of the company called Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske had become convinced that no country on earth could offer his firm a market with greater potential. More than one hundred years later, his assessment proved accurate. In 2001, Siemens was the largest foreign investor in the U.S. in the area of electrical engineering and electronics. With revenue of US$18.9 billion that year, Siemens’ activities on the North American market surpassed the company’s business in Germany for the first time. The U.S. had become the single most important market for Siemens AG. more
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