• First AI Lab outside of Germany to set up in Beijing
• Partnership with Tsinghua University on Energy Internet technologies
• Two new innovation centers launched in Chengdu in collaboration with local government to foster digital manufacturing
• Siemens and customers jointly shared successful experiences and cases on digital transformation
Siemens is intensifying its Artificial Intelligence efforts in China. The company opened the first AI Lab outside of Germany in Beijing to co-create applied AI solutions that solve customer pain points. This is also the company’s first industrial AI hub to foster ideation and adoption in the Asia Pacific region. The lab will leverage the knowledge and domain experience of all about 800 AI experts of Siemens globally.
“Artificial Intelligence is a core technology for a successful digital transformation and offers tremendous opportunities for all industries. We are excited to work with Chinese customers on their most urgent topics to make production more efficient and raise the availability of systems like machines or trains,” said Dr. Roland Busch, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. “With our unique IoT platform, comprising the advanced technology stack, domain know-how and inclusive innovation ecosystem, Siemens is well prepared to support China into the digital age.”
The announcement was made on Siemens Innovation Day (SID) China 2019, held in Chengdu on May 15. With the theme of “Driving Innovation for Value Co-Creation”, the conference convened leaders from government, academia and educational institutions, as well as decision-makers representing manufacturing, energy and infrastructure industries to jointly explore ways of advancing digital transformation of China through innovation.
Siemens constructs an innovation ecosystem and teams up with governments, universities and customers in China to scale up applications. Further extending its historical cooperation with Tsinghua, Siemens announced on the conference today to partner with the University on Energy Internet technologies and applications, covering joint research, technology piloting, talent development, knowledge exchange and build-up of regional innovation communities. At the same moment, Siemens Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center Chengdu (SMIC) and Siemens Industrial Software Global R&D Center are to be unveiled soon, as a result of collaboration with Chengdu local government. The two Centers will provide most advanced and integrated digital enterprise solutions to manufacturers in the locality.
Earlier this year, Siemens’ cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere successfully deployed and operated on Alibaba Cloud infrastructure, by which Chinese customers are now able to develop their own applications and products to offer secured digital services with added value to the market. During the conference, Siemens also signed Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate with Baowu Carbon Materials & Technology Co., Ltd., Cancon Information Industry Co., Ltd., Inner Mongolia Jiutai New Material Co., Ltd., and Baoji Machine Tool Group Co., Ltd. in the area of intelligent manufacturing.
“We’re moving ahead of realizing value co-creation through an open, inclusive and trust-based innovation eco-system constructed in China,” said Lothar Herrmann, President and CEO Siemens Greater China. “By taking advantage of policy initiatives and putting together the complete digital offerings, vertical know-how and intellectual resource from Siemens as well as our customers and partners, we will nurture innovations that are commercially viable and industry-oriented in China, for China and the world.”
By fiscal 2018 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018), Siemens had 21 R&D hubs, nearly 5,000 R&D and engineering staff, and nearly 13,000 active patents and patent applications in China. In the past decade, Siemens has cooperated with more than 90 universities and research institutes on over 750 R&D projects in China.
Siemens Innovation Day China 2019 held in Chengdu
Lothar Herrmann, President and CEO Siemens Greater China delivered welcome speech on Siemens Innovation Day China 2019, he said: “We’re moving ahead of realizing value co-creation through an open, inclusive and trust-based innovation eco-system constructed in China.”
Dr. Roland Busch, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG delivered a keynote speech on Siemens Innovation Day China 2019 that “With our unique IoT platform, comprising the advanced technology stack, domain know-how and inclusive innovation ecosystem, Siemens is well prepared to support China into the digital age.”
Siemens and customers jointly shared successful experiences and cases on digital transformation