The 21st century is a highly dynamic period. With the march of globalization has come a steady increase in worldwide competition. The balance of power in the world of research and development (R&D) is also drifting away from the erstwhile industrial nations and toward the emerging economies. This relocation offers a host of opportunities for companies to shift and consolidate their positions in a rapidly changing global market.
For a company as global as Siemens, it is crucial to have a finger on the pulse of the most important markets. This is true not only of sales but also of research. “People set new trends. And to work with these trendsetters, you need to be there on the ground, where these people live,” explains Dr. Norbert Gaus, Director of the Research and Technology Center at Siemens Corporate Technology (CT). Siemens currently has some 33,000 employees working in R&D at over 175 locations worldwide. In particular, Corporate Technology (CT) – Siemens’ central research department – sets the course for future innovations and even for future areas of business. All in all, CT operates 35 R&D centers around the world, with a total of 7,500 researchers, developers, and other experts. Locations in the U.S., Germany, India, and China are responsible for key priorities.