Hannover Messe Highlights Georgia’s German Companies and Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities

Georgia’s German Ties Run Deep

Hannover Messe, held annually in Germany, is the world’s leading fair for industry technology. The fact that Georgia is home to more than 450 German companies employing 25,000 people – in addition to another 75,000 employed by European-owned facilities – makes Hannover a perfect venue to showcase our many capabilities in robotics, nanotechnology and other advanced manufacturing processes.

The CEO of Siemens, Eric Spiegel, paid Georgia, USA a visit this year, and he brought a video crew with him to explain the company’s deep-rooted Georgia connections (thanks!). He shared the long history of success that Siemens has enjoyed in the state of Georgia as well as the collaboration and innovation that continues with our university and technical college system.

“Georgia is one of the most important states for Siemens…every single division and business unit within Siemens operates in Georgia.”

Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens

Please watch a few short comments from Eric Spiegel and our longstanding director of European foreign investment, Antje Abshoff.

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Today Siemens employs more than 2,500 Georgians in a variety of businesses including:

  • Energy Management
  • Digital Factory
  • Process Industry & Drives
  • Healthcare/Healthcare Services
  • Building Technologies
  • Power & Gas

Notable Siemens’ customers in Georgia include:

  • Atlanta Streetcar Project: Siemens was awarded the contract by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), on behalf of the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, to provide Atlanta with four new streetcars. The route in Downtown Atlanta began service in December 2014. These are the first streetcars in Atlanta since 1949.
  • Georgia Department of Transportation: Siemens provides traffic signal control software and hardware for over 4,000 intersections statewide. Additionally, the Siemens Ramp Metering solution installed at 130 interstate ramps has resulted in a 20-30% reduction in rush hour congestion in Metro Atlanta.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Siemens has installed a computerized distributed control and monitoring airfield lighting system. Their switchgear and distribution products have been the basis of the airport‘s electrical infrastructure since 1980.
  • Georgia Aquarium: Siemens supplies the world’s largest aquarium with specialized high-purity water treatment equipment and power distribution infrastructure.
  • College Football Hall of Fame: Siemens provides the fire alarm system and yearly testing and inspections for one of the city’s newest entertainment venues.
  • Emory University: A long-term partnership with the University as provider of building automation, water and energy management solutions, Siemens assists Emory in meeting its aggressive energy reduction goals by implementing a self-funding energy program in over one-million square feet on their campus. Emory Crawford Long was the first hospital in the world to examine patients with Siemens Advanced Molecular Imaging Technology.
  • Southern Company selected Siemens Energy’s Spectrum Power™ 3 energy management system to monitor, control, and optimize the reliability of its transmission system consisting of more than 27,000 miles of transmission lines, 3,400 substations, and 300,000 acres of right of way.
  • Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, also selected Siemens Energy’s medium voltage gas insulated switchgear as part of its urban substation modernization project.
  • Shaw Industries: Siemens and Shaw have developed a process for converting carpet and wood manufacturing waste into energy, resulting in lower plant emissions, a reduction in the amount of post-manufacturing carpet waste in landfills, and an annual savings of up to $2.5 million for Shaw’s plant in Dalton, Georgia.
  • Siemens has more than 50 product life management (PLM) customers in the state of Georgia including Yamaha, Gulfstream, and Lockheed Martin.


Siemens recently expanded its partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), building upon a nearly two-decade relationship pursuing manufacturing innovation through software, conducting frontier-pushing research that supports digital product development, and preparing students to enter the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce of the future. The partnership will continue to push the boundaries of advanced manufacturing design, automation and innovation.

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“We have one of our most important university partners – Georgia Tech – there are only two schools in the U.S., which are corporate key institutes, that we do research with and Georgia Tech is one of those.”

Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens

In addition to promoting scientific excellence and innovation, the Siemens Foundation is supporting CEISMC in their work to improve K-12 science and math education for under-served students in these disciplines, including efforts to provide high-level summer research experiences to students and teachers from low income and minority high schools. The initiative is now known as the Research, Experiment, Analyze and Learn (R.E.A.L.) High School Student Researchers Program.

The Siemens Foundation is also providing support to GA Tech’s Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT). This program provides paid summer STEM internships in industry workplaces and university laboratories for:

  • K-12 Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technology Teachers

Teachers spend 4 to 7 weeks experiencing firsthand how industrial scientists and researchers approach problems, design experiments, interpret data, communicate findings, and develop and implement workplace solutions. GIFT offers teachers real-world applications of the subjects they teach, allowing them to increase content knowledge and gain practical examples of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications.

We are proud to provide Siemens with a an excellent workforce, business climate and global reach and thank them for continuing to call Georgia home.

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