High Siemens order backlog supports positive development into the future

Growth in emerging markets and expanding service business ensure stability

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Siemens looks to fiscal 2009 with confidence despite the weakening economic environment. The company's order backlog of roughly ¤85 billion is one of the key pillars for supporting positive business development into the future. "In contrast to our competitors, we are not being forced to make substantial revisions to our order backlog. On the whole, our conservative financial policy deserves the credit for this. Unlike our competitors, we do not book an order until the financing for that order has also been secured," said Peter Löscher, President and CEO of Siemens AG. Additional stabilizing factors for business development include the company's expanding position in emerging markets and the rising share of services in the Sectors.

Siemens currently generates around one third of its revenue in emerging markets like China, India or Brazil. In 2001, these markets accounted for only 19 percent of the total. Growth in these markets continues at a dynamic pace and Siemens sees additional opportunities here, particularly in the rapidly growing middle price segment. In China alone, this segment makes up 30 to 50 percent of the total market. One example of a success in this segment is the Siemens Somatom Emotion - the world's best-selling computed tomography (CT) scanner.

Siemens is also solidly positioned on the product side, since around 70 percent of its products are bought by customers with long-term investment cycles. In addition, services are an increasingly important pillar for the Sector business. All three Sectors Energy, Industry and Healthcare have access to an installed base that is enabling them to accelerate the expansion of their service business. Since this type of business is less sensitive to business cycles, it is also an additional stabilizing factor - particularly in the current market environment.

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