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Strategic partnership: Siemens and ETH Zurich sign new five-year cooperation agreement

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23.01.2020 – At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Siemens Switzerland Ltd and ETH Zurich announced an extension to their current strategic partnership. Over the next five years, ETH Zurich and Siemens have committed to a further intensification of their collaborative activities.

Population growth, urbanization and energy supply are among the greatest challenges of our time. Therefore, Siemens has made a donation to the ETH Foundation to promote the area of «Sustainable Construction/Digital Fabrication» and provide funding for innovative research projects at the university. «Jointly defined, the research projects will provide our experts with valuable results that they can utilize in our own product development activities in the building and energy technology sector», says Cedrik Neike, CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure. To which ETH President Joël Mesot adds: «Thanks to our collaboration with industrial partners like Siemens, we are able to accelerate our work on innovations that will make a real difference to our society».

The first project to fall within the scope of the extended cooperation was launched at the start of January 2020. It involves the use of machine learning processes in building design.

There is a long history to the collaboration between the two partners. In 2009, Siemens contributed to the funding of the new professorship in «Sustainable Building Technologies», enabling ETH Zurich to further expand its research and teaching activities in the area of «Sustainability and Energy». In 2014, the partners also launched a noteworthy project in Singapore aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency of office buildings. The «3for2» concept developed by ETH makes it possible to construct 3 floors in the conventional space of 2 without impacting occupant floor-to-ceiling heights. Using advanced building technology solutions from Siemens, ETH researchers were able to cut energy consumption by around 40% in the Singapore prototype. Alongside their collaboration in the building sector, Siemens and ETH Zurich also work closely together on shaping the mobility of the future.

Siemens in Switzerland – since 1894
With a workforce of 5,740 employees, Siemens is one of the country’s largest technology companies. Siemens Switzerland regional company has its headquarters in the Albisrieden quarter of Zurich, from where it coordinates its entire range of sales and service activities. Since April 2019, the Siemens Campus in Zug has been the global base of «Smart Infrastructure». This new unit has a workforce of around 70,000 distributed around the globe. Along with its strong market position in building technology and energy supply (Smart Infrastructure), Siemens is also a prominent player in power generation (Gas and Power) as well as industry automation and drive technology (Digital Industries). In addition to all this, the company plays a leading role in rail and road traffic technology (Siemens Mobility), in medical technology (Siemens Healthineers) and in sorting and warehousing technology (Siemens Logistics). The Siemens companies in Switzerland are active at more than 20 locations and operate four manufacturing facilities.

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