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Milestones of business development

1870–1950

1872
Pointer telegraphs exported to China

 

1899
Siemens & Halske (S&H) constructs China’s first electric tram line in Beijing

 

1903–1913
Siemens builds power plants, a steelworks, a hydroelectric power plant and China’s first high voltage line

 

1904
First representative office in China

 

1914
Renamed Siemens China Co., Shanghai, with numerous sub-offices

 

1920–1936
Major orders for the building of power stations in Shanghai, Harbin, Nanjing, Guangzhou

 

1922
Siemens China Co. becomes a Limited Liability Company

 

1930s
Siemens China Co. is Siemens’ largest company outside Europe

1974
First major order for the supply of steam turbines

 

1978
Siemens exhibition “Electrical Engineering and Electronics” in Shanghai

 

1982
Opening of a Siemens representative office in Beijing

 

1985
Memorandum of Comprehensive Cooperation between Siemens and China’s machinery, electrical and electronics industries with respect to technology and know-how transfer

 

1986
Contract for the supply of computer systems to Chinese universities; training of Chinese specialists in Munich; from 1987 formation of numerous joint ventures

 

1994
Founding of Siemens Ltd., China

 

1999
15 machine transformers ordered for the Three-Gorge Project on the Yangtze, the largest dam in the world

2003
The Transrapid is used commercially for the first time on the Shanghai – Pudong Airport route

 

2004
Siemens books its first long-term maintenance contract for gas turbines in China

 

2005
Siemens turns over a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission line to the State Power South Company in southeastern China

 

2006
An order is received to provide over 60 high-speed trains for the Beijing-Tianjin line. The trains are largely built in China

 

2007
Siemens is designated as a Global Partner of Expo 2010 Shanghai in China

 

2007
Shanghai’s Tongji University, Siemens and Asklepios Kliniken team up to establish a joint-venture hospital under a public-private partnership structure in China

 

2008
Opening of Siemens Center Beijing (SCB), the new headquarters of Siemens Ltd., China. The building is one of Siemens' largest real estate investment projects worldwide

 

2009
Yunnan-Guangdong, the first pole of a Siemens HVDC system of enormous scale and magnitude is put into operation. It is the world’s first HVDC link operating at a transmission voltage of 800 kV

 

2011
Siemens signs the Memorandum of the Extension of Comprehensive Cooperation with National Development and Reform Commission of China, which identified focused areas for the bilateral cooperation

 

2012
Construction of a new X-ray products building begins at Siemens Shanghai Medical Equipment Ltd.

 

2013
Siemens’ first oversea digital enterprise opens up in Chengdu

Highlights from 170 years of Siemens history

Learn about selected events from the company’s history in our History News, which we’re continually expanding for you.