Siemens Southern Africa
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Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality and reliability for more than 155 years in South Africa. Siemens forms part of the country’s social fabric – as an employer, an investor, and as a supplier of ingenious technology. Siemens will continue to play a constructive role in South Africa‘s successes by creating local value and being a regional partner to the country's socio - economic development goals.
Siemens Southern Africa is well positioned to promote the continued economic development of the individual countries in southern Africa in support of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) - a vision and action programme for the redevelopment of the African continent. With a workforce of about 3,000 employees in the region, Siemens Southern Africa is able to deliver solutions. Majority-owned by the multi-national Siemens Aktiengesallschaft of Germany, Siemens Southern Africa is not only concerned with providing world-class end-to-end solutions in the field of electronics and electrical engineering, but also with cascading technology benefits into the communities of Africa. The company's broad portfolio, diverse workforce and global network of innovation enable it to supply its customers with a unique array of products, systems, services and solutions tailor-made for regional conditions and requirements. From information and communications to energy and industry, Siemens is able to offer cost-effective, turnkey, end-to-end solutions from a single source. Through our approach of unquestionable customer focus we aim to strengthen our customers making them more competitive in their own markets. With a presence in more than 190 countries, our customers reap the benefits of the company's global investment of 7% of its sales into research and development borne out by the fact that about 75% of all the products and services that it sells, have been developed in the last five years.
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Siemens Business Services (SBS) has been successful in the outsourcing and solutions aspects of business, entering into agreements with key private and public customers such as Medscheme, Northam Platinum, Petro SA, the National Ports Authority and the Department of Labour (DoL).
Automation and Drives (A&D) has completed new processing plants and refurbished existing ones for diamond and platinum mines. Other promising business opportunities include involvement in the export-oriented automotive industry, mining projects in Namibia, sugar milling in Tanzania and Mauritius, as well as infrastructure development in Mozambique and a project which involves the upgrading of two pumping stations on the 450km oil pipeline from Beira to Zimbabwe.
The Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Business Unit has completed various turnkey projects in mining and metals, materials handling, marine, oil and gas, cement, sugar, airports and the paper and pulp industries with end-to-end solutions for complete electrical and automation infrastructure.
Siemens Building Technologies (SBT) has installed electronic security and building solutions in the Reserve Banks of Tanzania, Lesotho, Zambia, Namibia and Swaziland as well as at precious metal mining facilities, prisons, and government administrative buildings in Pretoria.
The Power Generation (PG) Group is involved in the re-commissioning of some of South Africa’s mothballed power plants and upgrading of existing ones. They have also refurbished some of the world’s largest generators at Kendal and Hendrina in South Africa. Siemens control and instrumentation is installed in nearly all of Eskom’s power stations.
Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) has modernised the Mdantsane township urban power grid in South Africa and equipped sub-stations in Namibia and Cape Town with complete remote monitoring and diagnostic systems. PTD was awarded the contract to supply 800kv circuit breakers for the Alpha and Beta power transmission lines from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Key projects in the SADC region include the Kuiseb substation in Namibia, rehabilitation of electricity networks in Mozambique and Zambia, among others.
Transportation Systems (TS) is one of the world’s premier transport solution providers in the rail sector covering both infrastructure and rolling stock, inclusive of the heavy haul environment like the Iron Ore and Coal Line. The Business Unit completed a major overhaul of eighty-eight 10M4 units for the South African Rail Commuter Corporation and, in partnership with Spoornet, re-established a rail link between Durban and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Several major rail automation projects were also completed in Zimbabwe and Botswana. Siemens is capable and ready to assist in long distance transport; two of the biggest projects in Africa is the R15 billion Spoornet Mainline Locomotive Investment Programme and an rapid passenger urban system for Johannesburg/Pretoria (Gautrain)
The Logistics and Assembly Systems (L&A) Group specialises in materials handling automation (Distribution/Industry Logistics, Airports Logistics, Automotive Logistics), Postal Automation and Electronics Assembly Systems. L&A has been awarded various major projects and also recently received a contract to construct a fully automated warehouse and distribution facility for Sasol in South Africa, worth R150 million. The Sasol Polymers automated warehouse will be the biggest automated warehouse in Africa, 190-metres long, 57-meters wide and 42-meters high.
In Medical Solutions, a Siemens-led consortium manages the Nkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban. Other highlights include managing projects to provide information systems for the Tygerberg, Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals in the Cape. Siemens Medical is also involved in two significant projects in Mozambique and Zambia.
The Siemens Components Business Unit supplies DaimlerChrysler, Volkswagen and BMW with many components and products for vehicles that are made in South Africa and exported worldwide. The unit also specialises in solutions for SIM cards with numerous applications, also for government including social services.