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 165 years of Siemens history.
1904–1925 – “The son who came through the West Gate.” The early days of Siemens in China
China could be “our second Russia”, Werner von Siemens predicted in a letter to his brother Carl in 1862. Plans to build a Chinese telegraph line had led him to make this prognosis. However, it was not until 1904, after being represented by various trading houses, that the German electrical engineering company was able to gain a foothold in the Middle Kingdom with the opening of the first office of its own in Shanghai. In the early days the company’s main object was to hold its ground in the struggle of the European powers for colonial spheres of influence in China and to survive political upheavals. During World War One, Siemens was forced almost right out of the Chinese market. more
Due to construction and remodeling work at company headquarters in Munich, the company archives will be accessible for research purposes on a limited basis.