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Milestones of business development

1847–1900

1847 
Founding of the "Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske" in Berlin

 

1852
Siemens & Halske (S&H) moves into a factory with potential for expansion in Berlin’s Markgrafenstraße

 

1873
Sigmund Schuckert founds a workshop for the construction of electrical machines and searchlights

 

1877
E.M. Reiniger founds a workshop for electrical medical equipment in Erlangen (renamed Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall in 1886)

 

1884
A six-kilometer streetcar line between Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen and Offenbach built by S&H goes into operation

 

1890
S&H opens its first sales subsidiary (Technical Bureau). Prior to this it operated on the basis of agreements with agents

 

1890–1900
Technical Bureaus are established in numerous German cities: Cologne, Düsseldorf (1890), Mannheim, Dresden, Hanover (1891), Frankfurt, Essen (1892), Stuttgart (1895) Dortmund, Leipzig (1897) and Hamburg (1898)

 

1899
The Westend cable plant, the first building of the future Siemensstadt, is constructed on the factory site on the Nonnendamm northwest of Berlin

1901
The Wuppertal elevated railway with electrical equipment by Elektrizitäts-AG, formerly Schuckert & Co. goes into operation

 

1903
Founding of the Siemens-Schuckertwerke (SSW)

 

1906
The Physics and Chemistry Laboratory, the first central research laboratory, is set up on the site of the future Siemensstadt

 

1910
The Ettershaus recreation home is opened in Bad Harzburg for Siemens employees

 

1911
S&H and AEG found the Hamburger Hochbahn AG

 

1914
The new factory site on the Nonnendamm is officially named "Siemensstadt"

 

1921
Completion of the Rhineland telephone cable from Berlin to Cologne (under construction since 1912)

 

1927
SSW acquires Thyssen’s steam turbine factory in Mülheim/Ruhr

 

1927
Acquisition of Isaria-Zählerwerke AG (factory for electricity meters) in Hofmannstraße, Munich; in the following year the plant switches to telecommunications products

 

1930
Establishment of the Central Office of Technical Bureaus in Berlin

 

1931
Berlin’s Kraftwerk West goes into operation

 

1932
Founding of Siemens-Reiniger-Werke AG (SRW) in Erlangen, specializing in electro-medical equipment

 

1943
The Siemens factories are also damaged in the massive air raids in Germany, necessitating the relocation of many production sites, especially those in Berlin

 

1945
Decentralization and relocation of further parts of the company management to southern and western Germany; dismantling of Siemens’ plants in Berlin; loss of the eastern and central German plant

1949
Relocation of S&H's headquarters to Munich, of SSW's to Erlangen, with secondary headquarters retained in Berlin in each case

 

1950
Manufacture commences in the newly constructed installation equipment factory in Regensburg

 

1955–1958
Merger of the organization of the Regional Offices and Technical Bureaus of S&H and SSW

 

1951
Transfer of the manufacture of railway signal systems from Bruchsal to Braunschweig

 

1965
Completion of the Erlangen research center

 

1966
Merger of Siemens & Halske, Siemens-Schuckertwerke and Siemens-Reiniger-Werke to form Siemens AG with headquarters in Munich and Berlin

 

1969/70
At the turn of the year, with 50 factories in Germany Siemens has more production locations than any other German company

 

1972
Use of Siemens technology at the Olympic Games in Munich

 

1972–1984
Establishment of the manufacturing and research location München-Perlach

 

1975
The most up-to-date lighting plant in Europe is built in Traunreut (Upper Bavaria)

 

1981
The Essen und Dortmund Regional Offices are merged to form the Ruhr Regional Office; in 1984 this is honored for particular achievements in the area of training

 

1990
Siemens constructs the Elektronikwerk Amberg, its own production facility for programmable logic controllers

 

1990–1992
Takeover of businesses and founding of sales companies in the former German Democratic Republic

 

1994
Inauguration of the computer tomography plant in Forchheim

 

1997
Opening of the Siemens Wegberg Wildenrath Test Center for rail transportation systems in North Rhine-Westphalia

2004
New regional organization in Germany: sales and service units, which previously came under the Groups, are bundled in the Regional Organization Germany (RD)

 

2007
Siemenswerk Berlin celebrates completion of the largest gas turbine in the world

 

2008
The investigating authorities in Germany and the U.S. conclude the legal proceedings connected with the bribery allegations against Siemens; the company engages Dr. Theo Waigel, former German Minister of Finance, as its "compliance monitor"

 

2010
Siemens unveils world’s first molecular whole-body integrated MR research system; the first Biograph mMR system is installed at the University Hospital "Klinikum rechts der Isar" in Munich

 

2011
The new Siemens Wind Power Division headquartered in Hamburg starts operation

 

2012
Siemens wins the German Industry Innovation Prize in the “major enterprise” category for its highly-efficient H-class gas turbine

 

2012
Siemens wins order for the turnkey construction of the Lausward combined cycle power plant with district heat extraction in Düsseldorf, one of the most efficient and ecofriendly facilities in the world

 

2013
Siemens presents a three-point plan and an optimized energy mix for the energy transition in Germany

 

2013
Completion of HelWin1 offshore platform in the North Sea

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.