Siemens to enhance SOE ties

Updated: Jul 29, 2021 By ZHONG NAN China Daily Print
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Siemens' booth is seen during the third China International Import Expo in Shanghai in November. [Photo provided to China Daily]

German tech giant helps State firms in digital upgrades for further biz growth in China

Siemens AG, a German technology company, will enhance its ties with China's State-owned enterprises to help push their digital transformation and carbon emissions reductions during the country's 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25), a senior executive said.

To better integrate into China's new development pattern, including the dual-circulation development pattern, one of Siemens' growth focuses is to reinforce collaboration with SOEs and other leading companies in the nation as they have huge demand to further improve their operational efficiency and cut carbon emissions through digital solutions, said Xiao Song, Siemens' global executive vice-president.

"Knowing that many central-administered SOEs are upgrading toward digitalization, we learned their various demands, and we will deploy more resources in this area to create fresh growth points," said Xiao, who is also the newly appointed chairman, president and CEO for the group in China.

To build more partnerships, Xiao led a team to visit China FAW Group Corp, a Changchun, Jilin province-based State automaker, last month to exchange views on future cooperation.

China FAW Group plans to boost its global sales by 7.9 percent on a yearly basis to over 4 million units this year, according to its annual growth plan.

The SOE said many opportunities come from surging demand for electric and digital vehicles with more digital bells and whistles, and customized services in both the domestic and global markets in recent years.

Xiao said Siemens will put a next generation digital plant into operation in Nanjing, Jiangsu province to produce numerical control systems, drives and servo motors to support more industrial equipment for clients in both China and markets of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

"The new factory's productivity will increase 20 percent by deploying our Industry 4.0 digital technologies along the entire value chain including product design, production planning, engineering, execution and service in Nanjing," he said.

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