Siemens to create more than 1,000 new jobs in North Rhine-Westphalia

Düsseldorf, (PresseBox) - Siemens intends to invest a total of €180 million to expand production capacities and drive new technologies in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. These investments are expected to result in up to 850 new jobs at the company's facilities in Friedrichsfeld, Bocholt and Wesel over the next four years. In April 2008, Siemens already opened a new test center for large compressor trains in Duisburg, the company's biggest single investment in Europe amounting to €100 million. Two hundred additional jobs will gradually be created at the Duisburg location, boosting the total number of new jobs at Siemens in North Rhine-Westphalia to more than 1,000 in the next few years. The investment and the associated creation of jobs are the result of growing global demand for products and solutions for the environmentally compatible provision of energy and processing of resources. In the growth fields of fossil fuel power generation, wind power, and oil and gas processing in particular, Siemens occupies leading market positions that the company intends to further expand in the coming years.

As Manfred Egelwisse, CEO of the Mechanical Drives Business Unit at Siemens' Industry Sector, remarks, "Since integrating Flender's gear technology into Siemens' industry portfolio, we have been experiencing tremendous growth in new orders in the area of wind power as well as for gear systems for other industrial applications." Siemens is meeting this demand by making additional investments in Germany and abroad. "Due to the increased demand of the last twelve months alone, we are planning to invest a total of €180 million in technology and personnel at our locations in Bocholt, Friedrichsfeld and Wesel by 2012. During this phase, we intend to hire an additional 850 people at these facilities. According to Egelwisse, the company is looking for precision mechanics, metalworkers and fitters, for instance, as well as production workers and engineers. There are also some 50 additional openings in Siemens' Industry Sector in North Rhine-Westphalia.

"Worldwide demand for affordable energy and new challenges in the area of climate protection are proving to be strong growth engines for Siemens in North Rhine-Westphalia," notes Frank Stieler, CEO of Siemens' Oil and Gas Division at the Siemens' Sector Energy. The company's global oil and gas business is managed at its Duisburg location. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the workforce at the Duisburg facility has grown by 400 to about 2,500, marking a 20-percent increase. In addition, Siemens is investing €40 million to expand its steam turbine and generator plant in Mülheim, Germany, increasing the number of employees there from some 3,400 to 3,900. There are currently about 280 job openings at the company's Energy Sector in North Rhine-Westphalia, primarily positions for mechanical, process and electrical engineers in project engineering and processing. Siemens is also recruiting employees for power plant assembly and commissioning jobs. In addition, well-qualified, skilled production workers such as fitters and turbine mechanics are needed.

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Der Siemens-Sektor Energy ist der weltweit führende Anbieter des kompletten Spektrums an Produkten, Dienstleistungen und Lösungen für die Energieerzeugung, -übertragung und -verteilung, sowie für die Gewinnung, die Umwandlung und den Transport von Öl und Gas. Im Geschäftsjahr 2007 (30. September) erwirtschaftete der Sektor Energy nach IFRS einen Umsatz von rund 20 Mrd. EUR und erhielt Aufträge in einem Umfang von rund 28 Mrd. EUR. Das Ergebnis betrug 1,8 Mrd. EUR. Im Sektor Energy arbeiteten zu Beginn des Geschäftsjahres 2008 rund 73.500 Mitarbeiter. Weitere Informationen

Alle Zahlen ergeben sich aus der Addition der unkonsolidierten Zahlen der Bereiche Power Generation und Power Transmission and Distribution sowie der Öl- und Gas-Aktivitäten des Bereichs Industrial Solutions and Services.

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