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Milestones of business development

1860–1950

1860s
Eduard Rau, Siemens representative in Belgium, pursues business opportunities in France

 

1878
A Siemens subsidiary is opened in Paris under the name of Siemens Frères

 

1881
Siemens enjoys success at the Paris World Exhibition after constructing an electric railway from the Place de la Concorde to the exhibition site

 

1890s
Establishment of subsidiaries and Technical Bureaus in Mulhouse (1890), Metz (1895/99) and Strasbourg (1899)

 

1912
Siemens Brothers, London, and Schneider & Cie., Le Creuzot, found a joint finance company

 

1927
The Siemens parent companies combine their French operations to form Siemens France S.A.

 

1947
Liquidation of Siemens France; the company splits into a number of small firms

1956
Samering is transformed into Siemens Société Anonyme Française (Siemens SAF), Paris

 

1971
The first French Siemens plant, which belongs to Siemens SAF, is established in Haguenau/Alsace

 

1973
Siemens, Compagnie Internationale pour l’Informatique (CII) and Philips found Unidata, a data processing company

 

1988
Siemens Data is integrated into the French Regional Company

 

1988
Takeover of Bendix Electronics, Toulouse

 

1989
Siemens und Framatome found a joint venture in the field of pressurized water reactors, which operates under the name of Nuclear Power International (NPI)

 

1997
Siemens Holding SA, founded in 1992, becomes Siemens France SA

2002
The Greater Rennes first automated metro line (line A) goes into service

 

2003
Siemens takes over the industrial turbine business of the French company Alstom SA

 

2006
Siemens and Lohr Industries reach an agreement to develop a driverless transport system on wheels

 

2007
Poweo awards Siemens an order for the engineering, procurement and construction of a 400-MW gas-fired power plant, as well as its operation and maintenance

 

2009
With the acquisition of the French company Elan Software Systems in Toulouse, Siemens expands the worldwide R&D centre specialising in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) software and solutions for industrial production

 

2010
Siemens receives its first large-scale photovoltaic order from France, purchaser is Eco Delta Développement

 

2011
Siemens subsidiary PETNET Solutions opens the first biomarker production site for the health industry in Lisses, France

 

2012
Line 1 of the Paris Metro now operates fully automatically (49 trains, 25 stations spread over 16.6 kilometres). The move to fully automatic mode with no disruption to traffic is a world first

 

2013
Siemens is to supply 24 direct drive wind turbines for Diamond Generating Europe Ltd. and EDF Energies Nouvelles for four wind projects, located in the Nord Pas-de-Calais and Picardie regions in northern France