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To give you a quick overview of Siemens' most important facts and figures, you will find answers to frequently asked questions here.
Innovative strength, a passion for technology, sustainability, responsibility and an uncompromising commitment to quality and excellence – this is what Siemens has exemplified for 170 years and it is what our claim “Ingenuity for life” stands for. “Ingenuity” means innovation, engineering skill and genius. For us, it also holds a sense of community: we are united in our actions and work in partnership with our customers.
As a globally operating technology company, we rigorously leverage the advantages that our setup provides. With our positioning along the electrification value chain, we have knowhow that extends from power generation to intelligent power transmission and distribution to the most efficient energy use. And with our outstanding strengths in automation, we are well equipped for the future and the digital age.
Ingenuity for life
Siemens has a very comprehensive product range. This includes systems and services for power generation, transmission and distribution, as well as energy-efficient products and solutions for production, transportation and building technology; also technologies for high-quality and integrated healthcare. Automation technology, software and data analytics play a central role in all these areas. Our Financial Services Division makes capital available for Siemens and our customers.
Our Company is subdivided into eight Divisions and two autonomous businesses: Power and Gas, the separately managed Wind Power, and Power Generation Services center on power generation. Energy Management concentrates on energy transmission and distribution, as well as smart grids. The Mobility, Digital Factory, and Process Industries and Drives Divisions focus on the efficient use of energy. Healthcare, which is separately managed, is responsible for technologies for tomorrow’s healthcare industry. Our portfolio is rounded out with Siemens Financial Services and Siemens Real Estate, which function as service providers for all Siemens Business Units.
Siemens is a globally operating technology company with business activities in nearly all countries of the world. 87 percent of our revenues are generated outside Germany. Detailed information on our locations across the world can be found via the link below:
Our worldwide presence
As of September 30, 2016, Siemens has around 351,000 employees – with about 32 percent of them in Germany, 29 percent in Europe (excluding Germany), C.I.S., Africa, and the Middle East, 21 percent in the Americas, and 18 percent in Asia and Australia.
Life at Siemens
Siemens is a stock corporation led by a Managing Board, to which the following people belong (as of April 1, 2017):
Our values – responsible, excellent and innovative – are the basis for Siemens’ success. They provide us with orientation and guide our decision-making processes. With our daily actions, we express them and make them come alive.
If you want to gear a company to the future, you’ve got to provide answers to the following questions: What do you stand for? What sets you apart? How will you achieve long-term success? And that’s what we’ve done. Vision 2020 defines an entrepreneurial concept that will enable our company to consistently occupy attractive growth fields, sustainably strengthen our core business and outpace our competitors in efficiency and performance.
For close to 170 years, our success has been built on market-leading technologies and convincing business models. Innovation at Siemens means ideas that earn money. They can be products, solutions and services that set benchmarks – in the world of technology and beyond.
In fiscal 2016, we spent approximately 4.7 billion euros on research and development – corresponding to an R&D intensity of 5.9 percent. R&D intensity provides information about what percentage of economic output is spent on research and development. This investment is reflected in the number of patents: about 3,500 patents were filed in fiscal 2016. In total, Siemens currently holds about 60,000 patents worldwide.
Sustainability is a key part of successfully implementing our corporate strategy “Vision 2020.” Our understanding of sustainability is based on our company values: responsible, excellent, innovative. At Siemens, we define sustainable development as the means to achieve profitable, long-term growth. Externally, we adhere to the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development while internally striving to keep the three dimensions of sustainability – people, planet, profit – in balance.
We have set ourselves an ambitious goal: to make the company CO2-neutral by 2030. To do it, we’re concentrating on four areas: energy efficiency, decentralized energy systems, optimization of our fleet of vehicles, and the use of electricity from renewable sources.
The Siemens Environmental Portfolio is the engine driving us toward decarbonization. It enables us to meet challenges such as climate change, pollution, and resource scarcity. The Environment Portfolio consists of products, systems, solutions and services that serve the growth of renewable energy sources and the improvement of energy efficiency. In this way, Siemens is helping to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which are the major causes of climate change.
Siemens was founded in 1847 by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske as the “Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske” (Telegraph Construction Company of Siemens & Halske). The basis for this was the invention of the electrical pointer telegraph by Werner von Siemens, which ushered in the modern era of telecommunication. In 2016, we celebrated Werner von Siemens’ 200th birthday.