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Siemens Mobility Announces EUR 115 Million Investment in UK Rail Innovation Hub

Siemens Mobility Announces EUR 115 Million Investment in UK Rail Innovation Hub
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06 / 03 / 2024

Siemens Mobility is set to channel EUR 115 million into a state-of-the-art manufacturing, digital engineering, and research & development (R&D) center in Chippenham, UK, signaling a significant leap forward for the rail industry's future.

The facility is scheduled to open in 2026, with plans to transition all 800 local staff without disrupting production and focusing on crafting the next generation of rail signaling and control systems.

The investment has garnered praise from Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who views it as a testament to Britain's attractive investment climate and a boon for the manufacturing sector. "This digital technology will improve the safety, reliability and connectivity of our railways and drive sustainable opportunities in higher-paid jobs and exports – as part of our plan to grow our economy," stated Hunt.

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Siemens Mobility's Managing Director, Karl Blaim, highlighted the company's long-standing heritage in transforming British rail, travel, and transport. "We are pioneers in digital signaling technology, provide leading service solutions and every fourth passenger train in the UK is from Siemens Mobility," said Blaim. "This new EUR 115 million investment underscores our unwavering commitment to Chippenham and the UK. It builds upon our significant investments in a state-of-the-art Train Manufacturing Facility and Rail Village in Goole, further solidifying our long-term commitment to the advancement of the UK's rail industry.”

The new Chippenham facility is designed with sustainability at its core, aiming for a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and incorporating features that promote environmental and societal well-being. The site will adhere to the highest standards of efficient production and workplace design and integrate ecological considerations to foster biodiversity.