Siemens R&D in China
As one of the world’s most innovative companies, Siemens aims to be a trendsetter in technology development, focusing on delivering tangible benefits to customers and stakeholders for their sustainable growth.
Innovation for China’s development
Siemens develops the most promising products and solutions in China, for China and also for the world. The company focuses on digital innovations and combines the global R&D systems and extensive network of innovation centers with local business needs. Siemens develops innovations to fulfill the needs of local customers and breathe fresh life into transformation and upgrade of China’s industries.
Meanwhile, Siemens spares no effort to build an open innovation ecosystem in China. The company partners with local governments, leading enterprises, medium, small and micro-sized enterprises and start-ups, as well as universities and scientific research institutions to jointly develop future-oriented innovations and achieve win-win for all parties.
By fiscal 2019, Siemens had 21 R&D hubs, more than 5,000 R&D and engineering staff, as well as over 13,200 active patents and patent applications in China. Siemens’ top-notch innovators work in world-class innovation labs in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Wuxi, Qingdao, Chengdu, etc. to contribute to the high-quality and sustainable development of China’s economy.
Officially opened in 2006, Siemens Corporate Technology China (CT China) is the company’s largest research branch outside Germany. Research scientists at CT China work on cutting-edge technologies of electrification, automation and digitalization with a strong boost to the businesses. Meanwhile, CT China is leading the company’s global research in autonomous robotics with a focus on the R&D of new mechatronics systems, human-robot collaboration and application of artificial intelligence in robotic controllers.
In September 2016, Siemens Corporate Technology China, Suzhou opened with a focus on the R&D and applications of big data, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), connected city solutions, industrial cybersecurity and autonomous robotics. It was Siemens’ first R&D hub focused on digital technologies in China.
In May 2017, Siemens announced the commercial release of its Cyber Security Operation Center service as part of its Cyber Defense Center (CDC) in Suzhou. Siemens is the first international industrial company in China to have organization, infrastructure and portfolios certified with local security law and regulations.
In 2019 in China, the company opened its first AI Lab outside Germany. With the lab as a platform, Siemens is able to establish a global innovation network that covers Europe, North America and Asia. Leveraging advanced technologies and best practices, Siemens provides Chinese customers with leading and practicable industrial AI solutions.
Nowadays, IoT has become one of the major enablers of digital transformation for enterprises. Siemens IoT Services was founded on April 1, 2019. With a comprehensive approach and domain knowhow to develop strategies, and to create, plan and deliver end-to-end solutions along the entire IoT value chain, Siemens IoT Services provides customized digital paths for Chinese customers.
In November 2019, Suzhou Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (Suzhou Financial Leasing) officially launched its intelligent post-leasing platform. The platform, empowered by Siemens’ business platform, data layer and IoT services, interconnects core business systems of Suzhou Financial Leasing and realizes integrated monitoring and management of leased assets ranging from vehicles and power stations to large-scale equipment. This was the first time that Siemens’ data layer technology was deployed to the financial leasing industry.