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Have you ever heard about "Dang-Dang bus"? It made its debut in 1899 in the late Qing Dynasty, and was the most modern vehicle in Beijing at that time accompanying several generations' growth. That year, the first electric tram in China was built by Siemens, travelling between Ma Jia Pu out of Beijing city and Yong Ding Men. With the speed of 20 kilometers per hour, it was one of the fastest vehicles in the world a century ago. Its appearance has changed the transportation model of Chinese people.

"Dang Dang bus" is only an episode in Siemens' cross-century cooperation with China. Let's together look back to our history and explore more memorable stories in the past 140 years.

A Century-long Partnership

Siemens' first order from China: delivery of first pointer telegraphs marks the beginning of Tele Industry in China

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Siemens' first order from Shanghai: delivery of a 10-horsepower steam engine with generator for Shanghai Port that allows for port operations to speed up dramatically

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China's first electric tram built by Siemens in Beijing which is one of the fastest of its kind in the world

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China's first power plant in Beijing built by Siemens to light the city and to drive the tramline

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Installation of Siemens' first X-ray machine in China

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The first permanent office in China is set up in Shanghai as business expansion of Siemens

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Siemens successfully installed two power generators for Shilingba hydro power plant. Until now, one of the generators is still in good condition

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Siemens supported China's first modern mining operation with the electrification of the coalmines of the Chung Hsing Coal Mining Company in Zaozhuang, Shandong Province

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John Rabe, the Siemens business representative in Nanjing and Chairman of the Nanjing International Safety Zone, saves more than 250,000 lives via cooperation with International Committee of Nanjing Safety Zone during the "Nanjing Massacre".

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Upon establishing diplomatic relation, the Federal Republic of Germany presented a Siemens-made patient monitoring system to China

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Siemens held its first major exhibition in Shanghai entitled "Electrical Engineering and Electronics", attracting more than 39,000 guests from industrial area

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Siemens set up China's first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link, transmitting power from Gezhouba, China's largest hydroelectric power plant, to Shanghai city at a distance of 1,000 km

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The "Memorandum of Comprehensive Co-operation between the Machinery, the Electric and Electronics Industries of the People's Republic of China and Siemens AG" was signed in Beijing. Siemens is the first foreign enterprise in China to be invited to participate in such a comprehensive co-operation scheme

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Siemens delivered electrical equipment for 300 heavy freight locomotives in Shanxi province

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Siemens received an order for Shanghai Metro Line No.1, which is the first metro line in Shanghai

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Siemens set up its first production joint venture in China —— Beijing International Switching System Corporation Ltd., (BISC), to manufacture digital public telephone switching systems

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Siemens Shanghai Medical Equipment Ltd., was founded—— the first production facility for Siemens CT outside of Germany

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Siemens Ltd., China (SLC) was founded in Beijing, which is the first holding company formed by a foreign company in China

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Siemens contributed transformers, generators and turbines to Three Gorges Dam development project

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Siemens received contracts from Yangcheng of Shanxi province, Fuzhou of Fujian province and Hanfeng of Hebei province, becoming the largest supplier of electrical equipment in China

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Siemens China Corporate Technology (CT) opened in Beijing—one of the two largest Siemens corporate R&D bases outside of Germany

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Siemens provided electrical equipment and project management for Guangzhou Metro

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Siemens delivered China's fastest newsprint paper machine in Nanping, Fujian province

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Siemens provided mail-sorting systems to the new Guangzhou Mail Center, the most advanced in China

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Siemens supplied first-class medical equipments by installing China's first 16-slice CT scanner, the SOMATOM Sensation 16, in Beijing, and the first Siemens Magnetom Trio 3T Whole Body MR Scanner at the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Siemens donated medical ventilators and mobile phones worth RMB 7 million to China to help the country to combat SARS

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Siemens, together with its consortium partners, delivered the world's first commercial maglev line in Shanghai

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Siemens Healthcare established the Magnetic Resonance Center of Excellence in Shenzhen, which is an integral part of Siemens Global MR Operations

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Siemens supplied one of the world's largest and most advanced baggage handling systems for the Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport

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Siemens and its consortium partners supported the Beijing-Tianjin high-speed train by supplying signaling and communications equipment and power supply system

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Siemens Medical Park in Shanghai Nanhui District with over 300 million RMB investment was put into operation

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In 2008, when then the earthquake hits Sichuan on May 12th, Siemens and its employees immediately donates cash, equipment and services. Up to date, Siemens and its employees have donated more than RMB 17 million to the quake-stricken areas in Sichuan.

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Siemens Center Beijing (SCB) was set up, becoming one of Siemens' largest real estate investment projects worldwide.

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Yunnan-Guangdong HVDC, the first pole of a high-voltage direct-current transmission (HVDC) system of enormous scale and magnitude enabled by Siemens technology was put into operation. It is the world’s first HVDC link operating at a transmission voltage of 800 kV.

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Siemens provided green and advanced solutions for Expo 2010 as its Global Sponsorship Partner to hold a low-carbon Exposition ever, and was awarded "Gold Prize of Special Contribution Award" and "Best Marketing Promotion Award"

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Siemens Electrical Drives Ltd. (SEDL) and Siemens Signalling Co., Ltd. (SSCX). He acclaimed Siemens is truly a Chinese company

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Siemens I-Green Education Program covered 10 schools from 8 cities in China. Over fourteen thousand students benefited from the program. The program is aimed at helping the migrant kids foster eco-friendly lifestyle and adapt to the urban culture and environment

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As the company's Region East Headquarter, Siemens Center Shanghai was put into operation, which was awarded "LEED Gold" certification released by US Green Building Council and "Demonstration Project of Energy Saving and Emission Reduction" by Shanghai Energy Saving Building Office

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Siemens signed the Memorandum of the Extension of Comprehensive Cooperation with National Development and Reform Commission of China, which identified focused areas for the bilateral cooperation

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Siemens Industrial Automation Chengdu Research and Development Base is under construction in Chengdu, Sichuan. It is the largest modern digital factory Siemens base in China

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Siemens Employee Volunteer Association (SEVA) was founded. Siemens firmly believes that corporate citizen is responsible for the development of community and society which are closely linked to the company

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When asked about the impression about Siemens, a media friend from Nanjing told us, "For people who live in Nanjing, there are some spiritual things about Siemens which is worth remembering. Not long ago, with great reverence I paid a visit to the former residence of John Rabe, Siemens representative in Nanjing, which is located at Xiaofenqiao No.1 in Nanjing University. This experience inspires me a lot." Speaking of Siemens, it is no strange to us, as we can easily find its footprints in our daily life. However, different people may have different opinions, feelings and experiences of it. Now, let's share our Siemens impressions and stories…

Siemens In My Eyes

 
 
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  • Ni Xiaochen

    Installer Vessel Engineer, Industry Sector Drive Technology Division

  • Shi Qinghua

    Installer Vessel Engineer, Industry Sector Drive Technology Division

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    Dr. Xu Jianmin, Dean of MR Office, Shenzhen People's Hospital

  • Li Daguang

    Vice Director of Cold Rolling Mill Plant, Hangang Company, Hebei Iron & Steel Group

  • Xu Xiaoming, China Daily

    Siemens is trustworthy in terms of quality. At the 140th anniversary of Siemens in China, I wish...

 

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His name is Ye Yong. In 2006, he graduated and joined Siemens as a sales trainee, now working as a sales engineer in metro business. Everyday he has the habit of looking outside from his window, eager to find out the latest construction progress of a new metro line – Guangzhou Metro Line 6. He feels very proud of his work to facilitate the city's development. He said, "I am enthusiastic about helping people get to work safely and be reunited with their families faster as the result of a reliable and safe public transportation system."

In Siemens, there are more than 30,000 employees working in different areas like Ye Yong. They work in different places, passionate and energetic, with the same value and vision in mind. They are the loveliest people in the Siemens family, who grow up and make progress together with the company.

Highly motivated employees have always been one of our biggest assets and a particular strength of Siemens in China. Now you are invited to explore our talent potential by simply online voting for the Best Siemens China Employee story! From 4th September to 5th November, we will continuously upload stories submitted by our employees all around China. All you need to do is to click the photo story or video which makes a vivid and sprinkling of "Siemens flavor" in China.

Our Stories

 

Siemens is one of the largest employers with over 402,000 employees worldwide, and a global powerhouse with a highly diverse workforce. Today, Siemens is one of the largest foreign-invested employers in the country who employs 30,000 people in China with Siemens values as:

Innovative : Siemens China has ignited revolutions in industry, energy, healthcare, infrastructure and cities – all because of our people who dare to ask big questions every day.

Responsible: Siemens employee volunteer spirit in China can be traced back to 1937, when John Rabe, the Siemens business representative in Nanjing and Chairman of the Nanjing International Safety Zone, saves more than 250,000 lives via cooperation with International Committee of Nanjing Safety Zone. Nowadays, our employee all over the country are inheriting this responsibility for volunteering.

Excellent: Siemens is made up of highly talented individuals with a broad range of skills, experience and qualifications. Our people confront are accumulating understanding of the needs and backgrounds of our customers, while giving us competitive advantages over a century. More importantly, our employees are proud to work for the company and be a part of Siemens century-long partnership with China. They are discovering and even spreading Siemens footprints into every corner of the land.

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Do you know that the inspiration of the world's first pointer telegraph came from a cigar box? In 1847, a young man keen on doing research designed a pointer telegraph by using only cigar boxes, tinplate, pieces of iron, and some insulated copper wire. This young inventor was the founder of Siemens Company, Werner von Siemens. In 1872, Siemens brought pointer telegraph to China, recording the years' stories and marking the beginning of Tele Industry in China. Over more than 100 years, Mr. Siemens' spirit of innovation has always been preserved in the company. These inventions are not only the reflection of historic development and social changes, but also the solid basis for the company's progress...every invention of Siemens is quietly changing peoples' lives and telling us stories behind.

Innovation DNA

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