Our history in Chile

From the first independent commercial representative to a global technology powerhouse

Milestones of business development


Siemens-Schuckertwerke (SSW) and Saavedra, Bénard & Co. establish a branch office in Valparaiso under the name Siemens-Schuckert Ltd. (SSL)



SSL is named sole agent for Telefunken in Chile and Bolivia, serving in this capacity until 1909



SSL moves its main office to Santiago de Chile



SSL wins the contract to build the hydroelectric power plant on Laguna Nagra



The company is renamed Siemens-Schuckert, Ltda. Cia. de Electricidad, Santiago



A new office is opened in Iquique



Siemens & Halske (S&H) signs an agency contract with Gildemeister & Co. Ltda., Santiago



S&H receives an order from the Chilean post office to supply teleprinters and telex transmission equipment



The Chilean state development company Corporación de Fomento (Corfo) takes over 81 percent of Gildemeister’s share capital



Siemens is involved in the construction of a 220-kV overhead line in Chile


As a supplier for a project to equip two hydroelectric power plants, Siemens delivers four generators and the entire electrical equipment



The Siemens unit at Gildemeister is reorganized to form the agency Ingeneria Eléctrica (INGELSAC)



Siemens supplies the motors for the two largest ore tube mills in the world, at a copper mine in northern Chile



Founding of a regional company in Chile, with headquarters in Santiago



Siemens delivers enormous ring motors for iron ore mills in Chile



As the most important partner of the Metro de Santiago S.A. rail authority, Siemens wins contracts to provide the entire power supply system as well as the communications and train radio system for selected metro lines



An order is received from Chile’s power utility Southern Cross to deliver a high-performance turbine that can be operated with natural gas or liquid fuels



Siemens receives first wind power order from Chile: the El Arrayán wind power plant with a total of 50 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 115 MW



From the world’s largest copper producer Codelco (Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile) Siemens secures an order to maintain and overhaul technical equipment in the Andina copper mine



Siemens receives an order for the most important 500-kV transmission project in the country from InterChile – a subsidiary of ISA, Colombia’s state-owned power transmission company

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