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From a small workshop in a back courtyard in Berlin to a global corporation: Few industrial companies can look back on such a long, successful history as Siemens can.
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|Siemens has played an impressive role in shaping the technological evolution of Germany, Europe and the whole world. Come join us on a trip through Siemens history. Here are nine chapters of our exciting, ever-changing evolution as a company. Explore the innovative technologies that made Siemens the company it is today. Get to know the people who made our history. Our country profiles show that Siemens has always been an international firm. The site is rounded out with current History News and an overview of our work at the Siemens Historical Institute.|
Only those who are aware of their own background and development, their key milestones and special characteristics, can manage the present and shape the future successfully.
Even before Werner von Siemens founded "Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske" in Berlin in 1847, he began marketing his inventions in the United Kingdom. As early as 1843, he sent his brother Wilhelm (officially William as of 1859) to London with instructions to patent an electrolytic method of gold and silver plating he had patented in Prussia. One year later, in 1844, Wilhelm settled permanently in London as a "civil engineer" and opened a sales agency for Siemens & Halske on March 16, 1850.
A hundred years ago, the idea of a woman occupying a management post was simply inconceivable – which makes the career of Marie Busch all the more remarkable. She began her professional life at a predecessor company of Siemens Healthineers at the end of World War I and retired as a member of the management board over 40 years later.
In 1938, a growing shortage of skilled technicians and junior technical employees was becoming noticeable within German industry, according to statistics from the Association of German Engineers (VDI). This already difficult situation was then further exacerbated by World War II. Siemens was the first electrical engineering company in Germany to react by systematically training women for positions as technical assistants as early as 1939. The newly created qualification as electrical assistant was one for which Siemens was to offer vocational training for decades.
One hundred years ago, on March 5, 1918, the Zentralverband der deutschen elektrotechnischen Industrie (German Electrical Manufacturers’ Association, ZVEI) was established in Berlin. Now called the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, the ZVEI has represented the German electrical industry’s interests in the areas of business and technology policy ever since. But what does this development have to do with Siemens? To find out, it’s necessary to take a look at the role of Carl Friedrich von Siemens, the chairman of the Siemens companies in the early twentieth century – something that’s well worth doing.
February 12, 1908, was the starting date for "the greatest auto race" – a spectacular transcontinental dash from New York to Paris. The course, some 22,000 kilometers long (about 13,700 miles) carried the contestants across three continents, mountain ranges, and mile after mile of muddy tracks, not to mention rivers and deserts.
In February 1902, Siemens established the Central Office for Press Affairs to provide central coordination and management of information about the Siemens companies in Germany. This event, more than 115 years ago, marks the beginning of the company’s public relations work. Over time, the range of communications media has expanded vastly, until today it covers every medium, whether analog or digital. But what did press relations work look like at the beginning of the 20th century? What was a public relations unit supposed to do, and how did its work change the company?
It's that time of year again: the Annual Shareholders' Meeting of Siemens AG will take place on January 31, 2018. What started after World War II in Frankfurt am Main with about 50 people is today an event for thousands of guests. In the Munich Olympiahalle, members of the Supervisory Board and the Management Board will be answering the questions of their shareholders. Join us on an exciting journey through the history of this annual event.
Biesdorf, January 1911: For the first time in history an airship constructed by Siemens takes off. Siemens and airships? Until the 1920s, Siemens’ activities extended beyond electrical engineering – with its product portfolio encompassing automobiles, aircraft engines and airplanes. Nevertheless, the company’s construction and testing of airships from 1907 to 1912 was remarkable even by Siemens’ standards. Siemens-Schuckertwerke built its own and special airship hangar in Biesdorf near Berlin expressly for this purpose.
Pioneering technologies and business models built on them have been an integral part of Siemens’ DNA for 170 years – innovations that stand out because they don’t stop with the invention itself, but become established in the market as new products, solutions or services. These are innovations that shape the world because they concentrate on key technologies that make a significant contribution to economic and social progress.
The name Siemens is not only associated with major technological feats in the fields of electrification, automation, and digitalization, but also with impressive factory buildings, prestigious administrative buildings, and attractive employee housing complexes. These buildings are still in use and continue to contribute to the public’s awareness and perception of the company today. One man in particular is responsible for these masterly architectural achievements: Hans Hertlein.
The Siemens Historical Institute has the task of documenting the diverse history of our technology company, founded in Berlin in 1847, as well as researching that history and making it accessible to a broad target audience. We work with well-known partners from academia and practical research to present the company’s economic, technical, and social development. By bridging the gap between the past, the present and the future we help heightening the company’s profile.
The only way to master the present and shape the future is to know one’s own past.
Our fields of activity
We work with well-known partners from academia and in practical research to present the company’s economic, technical and social development, portraying it consistently with the highest scholarly standards. Our work therefore concentrates on three general areas of activity.