Siemens commits EUR 1 bn to Russian modernization

Oct 18, 2011 12:00 AM

German engineering and industrial giant Siemens will take an active part in Russia’s ambitious plans to innovate and modernize, with EUR 1 bn expected to be gradually coming to the economy during the next 3 years.
Russia’s energy sector, one of the country’s main lures, will get the bulk of investment -- around EUR 700 mm -- with EUR 400 mm of it planned to be spent on gas turbine construction and accompanying services development. This will be useful for a St Petersburg based joint venture created between Siemens and Power Machines, Russia’s leading provider of products and solutions for the power-plant industry, where such gas turbines will be produced.

Russia’s railway sector will get EUR 200 mm to develop train construction, and a EUR 40 mm investment into Skolkovo underlines Siemens commitment to boosting innovation in Russia’s economy, the company said.
Now present in more than 30 Russian cities Siemens plans to expand further and give Voronezh and Perm regions EUR 115 mm and EUR 60 mm accordingly to support and develop electricity, oil and gas sectors.

Peter Loescher, President and head of board at Siemens AG, said this plan of massive investment reflected their confidence and understanding of Russia’s economy.
“We’ve been here in Russia for 160 years, and we have a deep understanding of Russian market and its culture. So, we’ll continue to invest.”

Among other economic attractions of Russia Loescher mentioned its increasing global connection, with participation in the Customs Union and upcoming WTO accession adding to Russian market dynamics.
“A lot of Siemens investment is focused in CIS states. And when you are talking about investing into Russia, you are talking about 15–20 other environments. So, it’s investment for Russia, but it’s also investment using Russia in a wider context.”

Support for renewable energy sector is another focus for Siemens, with EUR 120 mm planned to be allocated on its development.
Dietrich Müller, Siemens President for Russia and Central Asia, said development of the alternative energy had great growth potential, with annual energy consumption capable of being reduced by more than 40 % in Yekaterinburg -- the area where Siemens conducted its research.

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