Siemens > Celebrates 200th birthday of company founder Werner von Siemens

Germany, Berlin – 100 guests and the German Chancellor Merket to attende the important ceremony

 

 

Mit 30 Jahren gründete Werner von Siemens gemeinsam mit dem Feinmechaniker Johann Georg Halske in Berlin die "Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske". Energisch trieb er die Expansion der Firma voran: Gemäß seinem Ideal vom "Weltgeschäft à la Fugger" unterhielt Siemens & Halske bereits in den 1850er Jahren erste Niederlassungen im europäischen Ausland. At the age of 30, Werner von Siemens teamed up with precision mechanic Johann Georg Halske to found "Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske" (Siemens & Halske Telegraph Construction Company) in Berlin. He energetically pushed the company's expansion and, driven by his vision of "an enterprise of world standing comparable to that of Fugger", opened his first branches in other European countries in the 1850s.

At the age of 30, Werner von Siemens teamed up with precision mechanic Johann Georg Halske to found “Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske” (Siemens & Halske Telegraph Construction Company) in Berlin. He energetically pushed the company’s expansion and, driven by his vision of “an enterprise of world standing comparable to that of Fugger”, opened his first branches in other European countries in the 1850s.

Siemens celebrates 200th birthday of company founder Werner von Siemens
German Chancellor Merkel to attend ceremony in Berlin on November 29. About 100 guests from government, business, science, culture and media. Werner von Siemens, born on December 13, 1816, would have turned 200 years old this year. On November 29, Siemens is marking the anniversary of its company founder’s birth by holding a gala event in the Mosaikhalle (Mosaic Hall) at its headquarters in Berlin. In addition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, more than 100 prominent guests representing government, business, science, culture and the media are expected. Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG, will open the ceremony. Nathalie von Siemens, a great-great-granddaughter of Werner von Siemens, Managing Director and spokesperson of the Board of Siemens Stiftung and a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG, as well as Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board, will also give speeches in honor of the company founder.

 

 

 

 

A very important ceremony
“I’m very pleased that Chancellor Angela Merkel will be attending our ceremony in Berlin, where we’ll be celebrating Werner von Siemens’ achievements. Werner von Siemens was among the key individuals who blazed the trail to the modern age. His entrepreneurial mindset, ingenuity and enthusiasm laid the foundation for this enterprise and remain crucial pillars of our company culture to this day. Werner von Siemens’ pioneering achievements brought lasting change to everyday lives,” said Joe Kaeser.

 

 

Start-up Siemens: In der neuen Zentrale in München hat Siemens die historische Werkstatt des Firmengründers aus dem Jahr 1847 nachbauen lassen. Die erste Produktionsstätte befand sich in Berlin, im Hinterhaus der Schöneberger Straße 19 im heutigen Bezirk Friedrichshain. Es handelte sich um eine 150 Quadratmeter große Werkstatt, in der zehn Handwerker die ersten Zeigertelegrafen fertigten. Die Geräte wurden an drei Werkbänken aus Weißblech, Kupferdraht, Holzkisten und anderen Materialien hergestellt. Die Werner von Siemens-Werkstatt ist wie ein Schaufenster aufgebaut und öffentlich einsehbar. Siemens as a start-up: for its new headquarters in Munich, Siemens commissioned construction of a replica of the company founder's historic workshop of 1847. The first manufacturing shop was tucked-away in a rear building at Schöneberger Strasse 19 in what is now the Friedrichshain district of Berlin, Germany. In this 150-square-meter workshop, 10 craftspeople manufactured the first pointer telegraphs. On three workbenches, these devices were built out of tinplate, copper wire, wooden boxes and other materials. The Werner von Siemens Workshop is set up so that it can be viewed by the public like a shop-window display.

Siemens as a start-up: for its new headquarters in Munich, Siemens commissioned construction of a replica of the company founder’s historic workshop of 1847. The first manufacturing shop was tucked-away in a rear building at Schöneberger Strasse 19 in what is now the Friedrichshain district of Berlin, Germany. In this 150-square-meter workshop, 10 craftspeople manufactured the first pointer telegraphs. On three workbenches, these devices were built out of tinplate, copper wire, wooden boxes and other materials. The Werner von Siemens Workshop is set up so that it can be viewed by the public like a shop-window display.

One of the founding fathers of modern electrical engineering
At the Siemens location in Berlin an exhibition is commemorating the life of the inventor and entrepreneur. Werner von Siemens discovered the dynamo-electric principle and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern electrical engineering. On October 12, 1847, Werner Siemens and Johann Georg Halske founded “Telegraphen Bau-Anstalt von Siemens & Halske” in Berlin, the company from which today’s Siemens AG would later emerge. Operations began with ten employees in a rear courtyard in Berlin. In addition to telegraphs, this small workshop primarily manufactured railway electric signal-bell systems, cable insulation and water meters. Within just a few decades, it had advanced to become one of the world’s largest electrical engineering and technology firms. At the time of Werner von Siemens’ death, the company had 6,500 employees around the world and operated regional businesses in the UK, France, Austria, Hungary, Russia and the U.S.

 

 

Werner von Siemens was born near Hanover
Werner von Siemens was born in Lenthe, near Hanover, in 1816. He was the fourth of 14 children in a tenant-farming family. A three-year training program at the Artillerie- und Ingenieurschule (Artillery and Engineering School) in Berlin provided a solid foundation for his future work in what was then the new field of electrical engineering. His most important inventions included the pointer telegraph (1847), the world’s first electric railway (1879) and the world’s first electric trolleybus (1882). In addition, he is considered the discoverer of the dynamo-electric principle, which he presented to the public in January 1867. Werner von Siemens was instrumental in the establishment of Germany’s foundational legal framework for protecting commercial rights to technical innovations. He was also ahead of his time in the area of social policy: in 1872, he set up a Pension, Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund at his company. In 1888, German Emperor Friedrich III elevated him to the nobility. Werner von Siemens died in his home in the Charlottenburg section of Berlin just a few days before his 76th birthday on December 6, 1892.

 

 

Info about Siemens
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide.

 

 

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