Our History

Siemens in Malaysia

Siemens was founded in Berlin by Werner von Siemens in 1847. As an extraordinary inventor, engineer and entrepreneur, Werner von Siemens made the world's first pointer telegraph and electric dynamo, inventions that put the spin in the industrial revolution. He was the man behind the most fascinating success stories of all time – by turning a humble little workshop into one of the world's largest enterprises.


From constructing the world's first electric railway to laying the first intercontinental telegraph line stretching from 11,000km from Great Britain to India, Siemens was responsible for building much of the modern world's infrastructure.


Siemens has an equally success-filled history here in Malaysia. Let's set time back to 1899 when Siemens & Halske (founded by Werner Von Siemens) first sent representatives to explore opportunities in the Straits Settlements; including to Schmidt, Küstermann & Cie in Penang. Starting in 1908, Siemens made its first recorded sale in Malaysia.


For more than 70 years, Siemens kept its eye on the Straits Settlements and the Federate Malay States, eventually supplying products to Malaysia from 1967. In the 1960s, the company was represented through Cycle & Carriage and Guthrie. Then in 1972, the Siemens Semiconductor Group set up its first factories in Malacca and Penang, creating some 1,500 jobs, contributing greatly to the country's economy.


In 1973, Siemens makes its mark in Malaysia with the set up of its first semiconductor factory in Melaka; A decade later in 1982, Siemens Electrical Engineering Sdn Bhd (SEE) was incorporated. This led to SEE becoming the sole agent for Siemens AG in Malaysia, representing all major Groups in 1985. 

Local Track Record

Since its establishment over forty years ago, Siemens has witnessed so many firsts and significant milestones. Some of which include (but are not limited to): 

  • 1984 - Siemens builds the Connaught gas turbine power plant west of Kuala Lumpur, installing the first-ever land-based large capacity gas turbine units in the country. 
  • 1993 - Siemens Power Generation Asia Pacific (SPG) is founded in Kuala Lumpur to carry out power plant projects in the Region. 
  • 2000 - Siemens Electrical Engineering Sdn Bhd (SEE) was renamed Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd. 
  • 2005 - Opening of the Siemens Oil and Gas Regional Business Centre in Malaysia. 
  • 2006 - Opens office in Penang in order to serve customers in the Northern Corridor and the installation of baggage handling system from KLIA's satellite terminal to the ERL platform at the main terminal. 
  • 2008 - Siemens opens office in Miri. 
  • 2013 - Siemens is awarded with a project to provide 58 four-car driverless Metro trains as part of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transport (KVMRT Line 1 project).
  • 2013 - Siemens is awarded with the supply of two H-class SGT5-8000H gas turbines for the TNB Prai Combined Cycle Power Plant, making the plant the most powerful and efficient gas-fired power plant in Southeast Asia. 
  • 2014 - Siemens is awarded the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the PETRONAS Pengerang Cogeneration Plant which includes the installation of four units of H-class SGT5-8000H gas turbines.
  • 2014 - First Aptio Automation diagnostics system in Malaysia goes live at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). 
  • 2014 - First Mammomat Inspiration PRIME system sold in the ASEAN region.  
  • 2015 - Siemens is awarded with the supply of major overhaul parts as well as a Long-Term Maintenance Contract for TNB’s Repair and Maintenance Company; a subsidiary under Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia. 
  • 2015 - Siemens is awarded with a Long-Term Maintenance Contract to service and maintain the four units of SGT5-8000H gas turbines at Pengerang Cogeneration Plant, Johor over the next 27 years.
  • 2015 - Siemens secured the award to supply, deliver, install, test and commission the Electrical, Automation, Motor, Drives and Instrumentation Packages for CMS Cement in Kuching, Malaysia. 
  • 2016 - Fulfilled the necessary technical and infrastructure requirments for SMR Rail Sdn Bhd's local rail car assembly plant - the first local metro train assembly plant built on Malaysian soil.
  • 2016 - Supplied Sivacon S8 LV Switchgear to Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd in East Malaysia.
  • 2017 - Launched the first fire for the first 2 gas turbines at the Pengerang Combined Cycled Power Plant, Johor.
  • 2017 - Developed Phase 1 of the Remote Monitoring Predictive Diagnostic Centre (RMPDC) for Petronas as a remote data centre to provide monitoring and diagnosis, including early warnings of equipment deterioration and impending failure.
  • 2017 - Implemented a Phase 1 rollout of the Siemens Smart Meter Data Management System for TNB AMI, with the first 300,000 metering points in Malacca.
  • 2017 - Received order for the LRT 3 project line for signaling works that spans from Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya to Johan Setia in Klang.
Travel back through the history of Siemens to view the most important events in the company's near 170-year history.

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