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History of Siemens in India

 

Siemens’ heritage in India dates right back to 1867 when it began laying the world’s first undersea cable from London to Kolkata.

Siemens set up a branch in India as early as 1922, in Mumbai and Kolkata. Though the company’s assets were confiscated during World War II as enemy property forcing it to shut operations, Siemens re-entered India after the war. It started operations as the “Siemens Division” of “Protos Engineering", a local contracting company. Siemens was engaged in sales and service of our own brand of switchgear and switchboards. Its first workshop was located under the bridge of, what is today, the Mahalaxmi Railway Station in Mumbai.

In 1957, Siemens was incorporated as a company under the Indian Companies Act as Siemens Engineering & Manufacturing Co. of India Pvt. Ltd. In 1961, Siemens became a public limited company with restricted external shareholding and was listed in the Bombay Stock Exchange a decade later.

Timeline

1867
Laying of the first trans-continental Indo-European telegraph line between London and Kolkata, personally supervised by Siemens founder Werner von Siemens.


1922
Siemens India founded with headquarters in Kolkata.


1956
Sets up assembly and repair workshop under Mahalaxmi Bridge, Mumbai.


1957
Sets up a full-fledged manufacturing unit at Worli, Mumbai, for switchboards. Incorporated as Siemens Engineering and Manufacturing Company of India Private Limited


1959
Healthcare equipment manufacturing commences at Worli, Mumbai.


1960
Switchboard production at Kolkata (later shifted to Andheri in 1963)


1962
Commences railway signaling equipment at Worli, Mumbai.


1964
New complex at Kalwa founded for switchboard, switchgear and motor factories (expanded in 1973-75)


1966
Manufacture of motors commences at Kalwa.


1967
Renamed from Siemens Engineering & Manufacturing Co. of India Ltd. to Siemens India Ltd. (it was again renamed as Siemens Ltd. in 1987)


1971
Lists on the stock exchanges.


1977
Manufacture of industrial electronics equipment commences at Worli.


1980
Manufacturing of switchboards at Joka


1981
Assembly of switchboards starts at Nashik.


1987
Modern industrial electronics production starts at Nashik.


1991
New switchgear (low-voltage) factory set up at Aurangabad.


1995
Assembly of healthcare equipment starts at Goa.


1994
Sets up facilities for manufacture of optical fiber cable and solar photovoltaic systems at Aurangabad.


1998
High-voltage switchgear production starts at Aurangabad. Siemens Hearing Instruments Pvt. Ltd formed.


2004
Corporate Technology Center, a hub for technology R&D for Siemens worldwide, set up in Bangalore


2005
Small turbines production starts at Vadodara.


2006
50th year of manufacturing in India


2009
Produces first 145kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) from the recently-inaugurated GIS factory at Aurangabad. Starts gas-insulated switchgear unit in Aurangabad. Merges Siemens Building Technologies with itself.


2011
Rolls out world’s first 1200 kV SF6 circuit breaker from Aurangabad factory. Crosses Rs 100 billion in revenues. Announces amalgamation of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Morgan Construction Company Pvt. Ltd. Merges Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics with itself.


2012
Twin-factories in Goa – for energy automation and medium voltage. Announces amalgamation of Siemens Power Engineering Pvt. Ltd.​