Siemens: Digital Manufacturing Leads the In-dustrial Revolution
Nov. 5th 2013, Shanghai, China
• Dr. Marc Wucherer with Siemens is invited to speak at China International Industry Fair 2013 on the future of manufacturing
• “Digital manufacturing which features the combination of virtuality and reality will gain higher productivity, efficiency, production flexibility and shorter time-to-market.
At the China International Industry Fair 2013, Dr. Marc Wucherer, Executive Vice President of Siemens Limited China and President of Industry Sector was invited as a special guest to deliver a keynote speech titled “The Future of Manufacturing”. He interpreted the development pattern of global manufacturing, and analyzed the op-portunities and challenges brought out by digital manufacturing, which was featured with “a combination of virtuality and reality”. Dr. Marc Wucherer said, “After the fi-nancial crisis, the world’s economic activity steered again to the secondary industry -- manufacturing. We need to attach more importance to the role of manufacturing in maintaining the economic growth stability, creating real value and ensuring stable employment.” In the presentation, Dr. Marc Wucherer also shared Siemens’ latest industrial technological innovations for the future of manufacturing and the vision of how future manufacturing will change lives. 500 governmental leaders from authori-ties like NDRC, Ministry of Commerce, MIIT and the Shanghai Municipality as well as industry delegates attended the Fair opening forum to discuss the trends of man-ufacturing.
Global vision of the future of manufacturing
With manufacturing again becoming the engine of stability and development of the global economy, countries around the world have accelerated industrial development. From the “manufacturing renaissance” in the U.S. to “Industry 4.0” in Germany, and “the 12th Five-Year Plan” in China, manufacturing is becoming the key in economic development for different countries, and the future of manufacturing is now a global subject.
Dr. Marc Wucherer pointed out that “after the first three industrial revolutions led by the steam engine, mass production and automation, the fourth industrial revolution will be featured by a combination of virtuality and reality and further integrated prod-uct developments and manufacturing by using of industrial IT software and industrial automation control technologies, to gain higher productivity, efficiency, production flexibility and shorter time-to-market.”
Combination of virtuality and reality covers product lifecycle
In digital manufacturing, the application of industrial software and IT will cover the product lifecycle from product design, production planning, production engineering and production and services, while combining virtual production with real production, to achieve high production efficiency.
Dr. Marc Wucherer said, “With innovative industrial software in PLM, automation and drive systems, Siemens is laying a solid foundation for the future of digital man-ufacturing – an integrated product development and production process.”
The most impressive application of Siemens PLM is found in the development of Curiosity Rover by NASA, from drafting to simulating the entrance into Mars’ atmos-phere, greatly shortening time from design to application. By combining Siemens automation control system with PLM, Volkswagen AG upgrades its production line which has been used for 17 years through press line simulation, improving perfor-mance and energy efficiency by 40%.
Meanwhile, the development of digital manufacturing propels the application of in-dustrial IT and software, connects humans, machines and information, quickly re-sponds to customers’ increasing personalized requirements and raises resource efficiency by larger scales, all to make future manufacturing digitalization, connected, customized and green.
The Future of Manufacturing promotes the development of digital talents
Dr. Marc Wucherer points out that as Siemens continues to make breakthroughs in the integration of industrial automation technologies and information technologies, future manufacturing will have a more positive and profound influence on people’s lives. On one hand, it raises the standard on people’s competence, knowledge and digital skills; on the other, people will play an increasingly important role in the future of manufacturing. They will be free from repetitive work, and focus more on innova-tion, cooperation and management, thus creating more value.
Siemens has worked with industrial enterprises in China for over 140 years, witness-ing and participating in the development of China’s manufacturing industry, all the while maintaining profound and precise understanding of it. Siemens has always been committed to providing revolutionary products, services and solutions for Chi-nese enterprises through world-leading technologies and innovations, helping Chi-nese manufacturers make things right to embrace the future of manufacturing.
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Siemens in China
Siemens AG, founded in 1847, is a global leader in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in four business areas: Industry, Energy, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Cities. For more than 140 years since its entering into China in 1872, Siemens has pioneered the cooperation with the country with its solutions, technologies and products, and has been known in the country for its quality and reliability, technological excellence and innovation. In Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012– September 30, 2013), Siemens generated revenue of €6.14 billion in China, with nearly 32,000 employees, 19 R&D hubs and 76 operating companies* across China. Siemens has become an integral part of the Chinese economy and society, and continues to partner with the country to address her pursuit of sustainable development. 
* The figure is based on Siemens’ continuing operation in China.
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Siemens Industry Sector in China
The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies.
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