Photo: Siemens to help Daimler with digitalization offensive
German automaker Daimler wants to make faster progress in digitalizing its production and to achieve this it is entering into an in-depth cooperation with the German technology group Siemens. According to both companies, the aim is to take automation in Daimler production to the next level in terms of technology. In addition, Siemens is to help train Daimler employees digitally, the companies said. "Over the next few years, we want to have the entire workforce at all production sites worldwide thoroughly qualified in digital skills," Jörg Burzer, a member of the board of management of Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz, told dpa on Monday. Neither side gave any details about the duration of the cooperation. However, they said it is designed for the long term.
The strategic partnership will initially be visible primarily at the Daimler site in Berlin, which the automaker plans to transform from a production plant for conventional drive components into a digital showcase campus. Plans to this effect have been known since the beginning of March. In the future, new production processes are to be tested and further developed in Berlin with the help of Siemens, so that they can also be used at other locations if possible. Berlin is to become a digital reference factory, the companies said. The carmaker is not disclosing how many of the 2,500 jobs in Berlin will be cut as a result of the realignment.
The two companies already work together in various areas. For example, Siemens sells Daimler control software for machines. Now, according to both companies, the cooperation will become even closer. Both Daimler and Siemens are reportedly investing tens of millions in the partnership. One focus of the cooperation will be the topic of sustainability. For example, Siemens is to develop energy efficiency solutions for Daimler.
CAPTION: Siemens to help Daimler with digitalization offensive. (picture alliance / dpa)