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Energy and Automation
ranks among the largest companies in the world. The company is a manufacturer of pressure transmitters,
temperature transmitters, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), drives,
and many other automation products. Siemens
is based in Germany. It was
founded in 1847. In fiscal
2007, Siemens generated sales of more than €68.6 billion (US$101.7
billion) compared to €61.8 billion in 2006.
The company had 398,000 employees in continuing operations in 2007,
down from 426,000 in 2002.
The history of Siemens goes
back to 1847, when the Siemens & Halske Telegraph Company was founded
in Berlin. Wilhelm Siemens took over this company in 1850.
In 1897, Siemens & Halske became Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, a
stock corporation. During
World War II, Siemens suffered severe losses, totaling about 80 percent of
company resources. Siemens AG
was founded in 1966. In 1989,
a major reorganization was completed, resulting in 15 groups, two special
divisions, two legally independent units, and 12 corporate divisions.
In February 2000, Siemens
Energy and Automation and Moore Process Automation Solutions announced a
merger. Siemens purchased the outstanding common stock of Moore for
$54.71 a share. Donald Bogle
serves as president and CEO of Siemens-Moore.
Siemens also purchased Milltronics, a supplier of level
instrumentation based in Canada and the United States.
Siemens has also bought Applied Automation.
In September 2004, Siemens
purchased the flowmeter division from Danfoss, including Danfoss’
magnetic and ultrasonic flowmeters.
of January 1, 2008, Siemens was divided into the following three general
· Energy – Includes power and
Industry – Production,
logistics automation, and building productivity
· Healthcare – Support
diagnoses and therapies
three business segments include the following basic industry applications:
· Information and Communications
· Automation and Control
· Power (includes Heat)
“Automation and Control”,
whose Groups are Automation and Drives (A&D), Industrial Solutions and
Services (I&S), and Siemens Building Technologies, provides products,
systems and solutions for industrial and building automation as well as
infrastructure installations. A&D
supplies standard products for the manufacturing and processing
industries, electrical installation technology, and system- and
sector-specific automation solutions. I&S offers comprehensive solutions and services for
industrial plants and infrastructure systems.
has 50,000 product families and about one million products. Some 80 percent of their products have been developed over
the past five years. Siemens
products fall into the following categories:
· Automotive systems
· Building security
· Communication networks
· Communication switches
· Components and semiconductors
· Household appliances
· Mobile devices
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