Since 2005, Siemens has been a partner to the World Investment Conference (WIC), and is now supporting the 10th conference to be held in La Baule from 20th to 22nd of June 2012.
Siemens has been operating in France for 160 years. It is the top European high-technology group, giving priority to innovation in Industry, Energy, Infrastructure & Cities and Healthcare. Siemens France has 7,000 employees, 8 production sites and many partnerships with colleges and universities, and centres of excellence. It contributes fully to raising the prestige of the French economy, both in France and abroad. Siemens France in fact has 7 R&D centres including 6 skills centres which act for the whole Siemens group worldwide in cutting-edge industry sectors such as automated transportation systems, metallurgy, energy transmission and distribution, software design and production, fire detection and mechatronics.
As a result, Siemens France derives one third of its revenues from exports. In 2011, the Siemens Group in France recorded €2.3 billion in new orders (at 30/09/2011).
Siemens AG is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world's largest provider of environmental technologies. Around 40 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2011, which ended on September 30, 2011, revenue from continuing operations totaled €73.5 billion and net income from continuing operations €7.0 billion. At the end of September 2011, Siemens had around 360,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations.
Investing in R&D to promote sustainable growth in 2011, Siemens devoted €3.92 billion to R&D expenditure, or 5.3% of its revenue. Over 27,800 employees, spread over 160 locations in over 30 countries, constantly add to its worldwide portfolio of 8,600 inventions and 53,000 patents at a rate that puts it in first place as a patent filer in Europe and 9th in the USA. In line with its Open Innovation Strategy, the Group has entered into over 1,000 partnerships with universities, research institutes and industrial companies. This is how it works with electricity suppliers in Germany and in Finland and also with prestigious research institutes in the Netherlands to make CO2 capture technologies available more quickly in power plants.
Watch the interview of Christophe de Maistre, CEO of Siemens France, on France 24.
Factories around Europe are slowing down and the Euro zone is seen to be hurtling towards another economic downturn.
How bad will that be for business, and how long will it last?
France 24's Markus Karlsson asks Christophe de Maistre, CEO of Siemens France