Siemens will build its most advanced factory for production of distribution transformers in Guangzhou. The factory, planned to be put into operation in 2021, will apply Industry 4.0 standard and become a Siemens model factory in the global industry.
In an announcement made yesterday during the Siemens Greater Bay Area (GBA) Forum, the company called for an open innovation ecosystem where governments, businesses and academia work together to massively apply digital technologies such as digital power plant, industrial IoT, smart campus and connected mobility.
“For GBA to elevate to a vibrant world-class bay area and a global innovation and technology hub, partnership, digitalisation and talents define the way forward,” said Lothar Herrmann, president and CEO Siemens Greater China. “Siemens is a long-standing technology partner that has created proven values for the people and society of GBA. We will continue to focus our technological support to this area on five priorities - enabling clean energy, developing digital manufacturing, building smart city cluster, driving innovations and nurturing talents.”
Themed with “Connect, Create and Collaborate”, the Siemens Greater Bay Area Forum gathered policy makers, think-tank scholars, technology experts and entrepreneurs to jointly explore cooperation opportunities to boost development of GBA through innovation and technology.
Supporting GBA with comprehensive digital technologies
Siemens set up its first sales office in Hong Kong in 1910, and since then has built up strong footprint in GBA and formed strategic cooperation with Guangdong and five cities in the region.
In Hong Kong, Siemens’ first Smart City Digital Hub is enabling researchers to develop solutions based on data analytics which aim to help build an interconnected smart city cluster in the Industry 4.0 era.
In Guangzhou, Siemens is helping local automotive equipment maker MINO to successfully transform from a line builder to an intelligent solution provider by adopting digital twin technology, setting a best reference for industrial enterprises in the region to enhance competitiveness through digitalisation
In both cities, Siemens is installing its most efficient H-class gas turbines. One such unit can meet the demand of over 1 million households and save carbon emissions comparable to those of 380,000 cars, substantially contributing to the vision of GBA to build a green, intelligent, energy-saving way of production and lifestyle.
Expanded cooperation with local partners
At the forum, Siemens also announced expanded cooperation with local industrial enterprises, research and industrial organisations in multiple areas in support of the development of the GBA.
Indeed, in another effort of preparing the region with a digital talent pool, Siemens is currently working with around 20 universities and vocational colleges in Guangdong. Among all, one recent cooperation in Guangzhou and Zhuhai aims to build Sino-German Siemens Technology International College to explore the model for dual-system vocational education in the GBA.