Siemens Starts Inverter and Controler Manufacturing for Mining Industries in India

Munich, (PresseBox) - Mining Technologies, a business segment of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies, has started manufacturing its inverter/control components for shovels and trucks at its factory in Nashik, India. “We selected the Nashik factory for the inverter/control manufacturing because of its long history of producing traction inverters for Indian Railways, which use similar equipment and technology as the shovel drive system,” said Walter Koellner, Director Marketing and Development for Mining, Siemens Energy & Automation. “By manufacturing in India, we will speed the time to market considerably to better serve India’s demand for mining equipment.”

The decision to produce inverter and controler components in India is for Siemens the next step in its strategy for manufacturing mining products. Although Siemens has been supplying electrical drive systems and automation equipment for bucket wheel excavators and conveyors for more than two decades in India, the production of shovel and truck electrics for the world’s third largest producer of coal, marks a significant step for the Siemens´ strategy in mining technologies.

Similar to other rapidly developing nations, India has seen an explosion in the demand for raw materials for export and to support the local developing economy. Siemens recently developed a new generation of smaller AC drive systems for mining shovels that provide improved productivity with lower maintenance costs. In addition to the shovel drive system, Siemens’ offices in Mumbai will procure transformers, medium and low voltage switchgear, cable and installation materials. Siemens will also be providing project management, software and hardware engineering and commissioning services for equipment used by India’s largest coal producers. The first three machines will be delivered in the first quarter of 2009.

By partnering with many of the world’s largest original equipment manufacturers (OEM), Siemens is able to leverage its global experience and reach. From Chile to China, Siemens powers shovels, trucks of all sizes and draglines in every continent. This latest development in local manufacturing in India is another testament to the company’s commitment to and ability to serve global markets.

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of production, transportation and building systems. Integrated hardware and software technologies combined with comprehensive industry-specific solutions enable Siemens to enhance the productivity and efficiency of its customers in industry and infrastructure. The Sector comprises six Divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and Osram. In fiscal 2007 (ended September 30), Siemens Industry generated sales of approximately EUR40 billion (pro forma, unconsolidated) with around 209,000 employees worldwide.

With the business activities of Siemens VAI Metal Technologies, (Linz, Austria), Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa., U.S.A.), and Industry Technologies, (Erlangen, Germany), the Siemens Industry Solutions Division (Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world's leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities. Using its own products, systems and process technologies, Industry Solutions develops and builds plants for end customers, commissions them and provides support during their entire life cycle.

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