Siemens AG (headquartered in Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Siemens holds leading market positions in all its business areas. The company has around 430,000 employees (in continuing operations) working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. In fiscal 2008, Siemens had revenue of €77.3 billion and income from continuing operations of €5.9 billion (IFRS).

With around 3,000 employees worldwide and being responsible for more than 7 percent of Siemens´ total R&D expenditures, Corporate Technology plays a key role in R&D at Siemens. With more than 55,000 active patents, Siemens’ Corporate Technology Department is a world leader among technology company research networks and acts as a powerful innovation partner for all Siemens’ business units. The organization provides expertise regarding strategically important areas to ensure the company’s technological future, and to acquire patent rights that safeguard the company’s business operations. Against the background of megatrends such as climate change, urbanization, globalization, and demographic change, CT focuses on innovations that have the potential to change the rules of the game over the long term in business areas that are of interest to Siemens. The fields of research include materials and microsystems; production and processes; software and engineering, power and sensors; automation, medical informatics and imaging; information and communication; exploitation and processing of natural resources; off-grid energy and rural healthcare; and the development of so-called SMART products (simple, maintenance-friendly, affordable, reliable, and timely to market).


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