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Siemens secures sustainable customer success with energy-efficient drive technology


Nuremberg, Germany, The use of innovative energy-saving technologies not only helps conserve the environment, it also reduces costs and makes for investment security. Under the heading “Create sustainable value”, Siemens will be present at the SPS/IPC/Drives to demonstrate how its products, systems and applications can bring about a sustainable improvement in the competitive standing of its customers. Siemens technology is also used to reduce carbon emissions and ensure compliance with statutory requirements such as the impending EU legislation to introduce mandatory minimum efficiency levels for industrial motors. In the words of Siemens Drive Technologies Division CEO Klaus Helmrich at the Siemens Fair Press Conference in Nuremberg: “We view energy efficiency as an all-embracing process over the entire life cycle of a product. Consequently energy efficiency is becoming an ever more decisive factor in any investment decision”.

Automation and drive solutions from Siemens are playing a vital role in reducing energy consumption and consequently also in driving down CO2 emissions and costs. The Siemens approach is to provide its customers with guidance on how they can quickly achieve this aim with consistent analysis, energy-saving products and simple implementation. Some drive applications offer scope for reducing energy consumption by up to 70 percent through the use of frequency inverters, for instance. Using highly efficient motors can also make major cuts in energy usage, as they offer up to seven percent higher efficiency than standard models. Klaus Helmrich: “Using our energy-efficient products allows us to reduce production costs and so help our customers secure their investment”. This process is being driven by international legislation. With effect from June 16, 2011, mechanical engineering firms in Europe will only be permitted to market high-efficiency motors guaranteeing a minimum efficiency rating of IE2. Similar guidelines apply in the USA and China.

Alongside motors and inverters, with its gears and motion control systems the Siemens Drive Technologies Division supplies all the key elements of the integrated drive train for the energy-efficient industry of the future. Klaus Helmrich firmly believes that it is the unique nature of this portfolio which has secured the sustained success of the Division even through the rigors of the last recession: “We succeeded in further extending our position despite the most adverse market conditions.” During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009/2010, the Division succeeded in clearly topping the previous year’s performance with a profit of 281 million euros, driven by higher revenues, improved capacity utilization and a better business mix. On the back of international demand, new orders increased over the period by 20 percent in a year-on-year comparison. Taken over the financial year as a whole (to 30 September), the Division clocked up revenue of around 7 billion euros with a workforce numbering around 36,000.

Helmrich also considers committed investment in research and development to provide a solid basis for success: “We aim to maintain our high level of research spending in future, with a view to achieving further improvements in productivity, reliability and energy efficiency.” Against the backdrop of the show, Helmrich presented the results of a research study in which Siemens joined forces with international experts to paint a scenario of how drive technology will look in 2025. “The study confirmed that our current development strategy is pointing us in the right direction towards the systems and applications likely to set the drive technology scene of the future.” Siemens has already planted the seeds of this development in its current portfolio: By offering its customers support as early as the design and engineering phase, it is able to help optimize both processes and the use of resources, with services ranging from the CAD drawing to the finished product. In Helmrich’s view, these innovation services testify to the solid dependability of the Siemens offering: “Because of our reliability as a partner, we play a vital role in maintaining sustainable success for our customers.”

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 204,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal year 2010 total sales of approximately €34.9 billion.

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications and services for the entire drive train with electrical and mechanical components and motion control systems for production machinery as well as machine tools. Drive Technologies serves all segments in manufacturing industry, process industry and energy/infrastructure. The division provides answers to the customers´ key requirements productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. In fiscal year 2010, around 36,000 employees of the Division (September 30), achieved total sales of €7.0 billion.

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