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Siemens Mobility Invests EUR 20M in Its Graz Location

Siemens Mobility Invests EUR 20M in Its Graz Location
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24 / 01 / 2023

Siemens Mobility has successfully commissioned a new train formation hall in Vienna. It is probably the most visible symbol of the ongoing modernisation of the Vienna production site.

In addition to the hall construction, the digitalisation of production, including the increased use of robotics, has also begun. Many detailed measures are being taken to optimise production processes, which will significantly increase the competitiveness of the Vienna location and Siemens Mobility as a whole. The groundbreaking ceremony for the building took place in the spring of 2021 in the presence of Vienna's regional politicians, and the conversion work was carried out during ongoing operations.

More efficient production, more environmental protection

The new hall will primarily improve the production possibilities for underground trains developed and built in Vienna. In addition, it can also be used for other projects, such as coaches (passenger carriages). The double-track hall and the new outside track are directly connected to the Austrian railway network. In future, individual wagons will be assembled into trains directly in the factory, statically tested on-site and then transferred by environmentally friendly rail to other locations for dynamic commissioning. It will save CO2 emissions because wagons previously often had to be transferred individually with correspondingly numerous truck journeys. Therefore, Siemens Mobility's investments are also a clear contribution to more environmental protection.

The Siemens Mobility plant mainly builds passenger carriages and metro trains, for example, the new night trains for ÖBB or metro trains for Vienna, Munich, Riyadh or Bangkok. At the Vienna location, Siemens Mobility employs about 1,400 people, including the HQ for metros and the engineering department, and trains numerous apprentices.

Siemens Mobility is currently investing more in the Graz location: the production facilities are being modernised and expanded at a cost of around 20 million euros. The investment package aims to be able to manufacture even more bogies at the Graz location in the future, to further increase the high quality and, at the same time, to reduce the production time of the products. With these measures, Siemens Mobility is preparing for a positive market environment in the medium to long term for its Graz-based chassis world centre of excellence. Against the background of climate change, cities and regions must shift mobility to environmentally friendly rail.

Stefan Erlach, Site Manager Siemens Mobility Graz: "We expect a positive order environment for our sustainable products in the medium to long term. With this positive outlook for the future, we offer attractive jobs and apprenticeship training positions in the heart of the city of Graz for all those who want to develop and build environmentally friendly mobility technologies."

In definite terms, a new welding robot will increase the quality of the products as well as the capacity of the plant in just a few months. Great progress in production speed is to be achieved by a modern pressure stand line, which will also largely automate and digitalise another work step. The time and efficiency gains achieved in this way will increase the competitive edge of Siemens Mobility's global chassis competence centre. The investment package is rounded off by logistical process optimisations. Last summer, a time- and space-saving one-way system for deliveries was introduced with the Plant Exit South (Köflachergasse). Now, this concept is being supplemented with just-in-time and just-in-sequence methods so that the required modules are delivered on time, in the required quantity and in the correct order.

Today, there is high capacity utilisation at the Graz location due to the large vehicle order from Egypt and the strong demand for the Vectron locomotive, a Europe-wide sales hit. Running gears for regional trains and trams also play a large part in the satisfactory order situation. The investments in the Graz-Eggenberg location secure jobs in Styria, extend Siemens Mobility's global competitive edge and provide important impulses for the future and the mobility turnaround.

Production site Graz Eggenberger Straße

Around 1,400 people work at the Siemens Mobility site in Graz. Around 2,500 bogies are produced each year. More than 250 engineering experts work in research and development to implement innovations and improvements for customers. High-quality bogies have a decisive impact on safety and travel comfort in modern trains and contribute to shifting the mobility of people and goods to environmentally friendly rail. 

Source: Siemens Mobility