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Siemens to invest €1 billion and create blueprint for industrial metaverse in Germany


Siemens to invest €1 billion and create blueprint for industrial metaverse in Germany

Siemens is planning to centre its global technology activities for the industrial metaverse in a new campus at its Erlangen facility.

Source: Siemens

The new campus, part of a €1 billion investment planned in Germany and €2 billion globally in 2023, is set to become a hub for global research and development and manufacturing drawing increasingly on the industrial metaverse.

Specifically, according to a statement, the campus will focus on “sustainable and future-oriented high-tech manufacturing, related research and development activities, and the opening of the location to an ecosystem of partners from the business and scientific communities.”

Currently, the Erlangen factory manufactures products in industrial automation and digitalisation, including power electronics components and machine tool controls for the machine building industry.

While already highly automated with robotics, with this combination of the real and the digital worlds Siemens anticipates strengthening the Erlangen location as a hub for digital production concepts, such as industrial 3D printing and innovative power electronics.

Siemens is banking on innovation in Germany and launching the next stage of digitalisation: we’re laying the foundation for the industrial metaverse in the Nuremberg metropolitan region.

Roland Busch, president and CEO of Siemens AG

The plan for the location calls for both conversion of the existing facilities and expansion of the site.

The approximately 200,000m2 area also is planned to be a net-zero location. Proposals include innovative energy infrastructure, green energy supply and energy storage in partnership with the city of Erlangen and the extensive use of Siemens’ digital building technology solutions.

Through this investment, Siemens is now creating a blueprint for the industrial metaverse, a virtual representation of the real world – photorealistic, physics-based and in real-time, the Siemens statement says.

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