• Mercedes-Benz and Siemens launch partnership.

Advancing digitalisation and automation.

Mercedes-Benz and Siemens plan to cooperate on advancing digitalisation and automation in the automotive industry, supported by the State of Berlin. Mercedes-Benz AG aims to digitise its production processes. Siemens, a leading supplier in the field of automation, industrial software and smart infrastructure, will bring its expertise and technologies to the partnership to develop highly flexible, efficient and sustainable automotive production together with Mercedes-Benz.

Two men are sitting at a computer. In the background there is a screen showing the new factory in Berlin.

Competence centre for digitalisation.

In this context, the Mercedes-Benz Berlin-Marienfelde site in Germany will be transformed into a competence centre for digitalisation with a focus on the development and implementation of the digital Mercedes-Benz Cars ecosystem MO360, in addition to the redesign of production activities. In the future, e-mobility components will also be assembled in Berlin. The company wants to secure the future for the Berlin plant, which is the oldest site in the Mercedes-Benz global powertrain production network. The Mercedes-Benz Digital Factory Campus in Berlin is the technological and digital nucleus for the whole Mercedes-Benz Cars production network. Its objective is to roll out the new developments that have been tested in Berlin at the Mercedes-Benz plants worldwide and to provide the users with the required qualifications.

 

With the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science in the Siemensstadt in Berlin, there is already an excellent wealth of experience that can be incorporated into the cooperation. With the synergies of the Siemensstadt² and the Mercedes-Benz Digital Factory Campus Berlin, plants that represent the origin of industrialisation in Germany will be transformed into two modern digital sites.

A picture of a production hall.

Next big step towards sustainable production.

“We are further expanding our decades-long successful cooperation with Mercedes-Benz in the field of engineering and production. Together, we want to take the next big step towards sustainable and even more competitive automotive production. To achieve this, both partners rely on end-to-end digital technologies to connect technology, sustainability and new working environments more closely than ever before,” says Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries.

 

Siemens’s leading automation and software solutions lay the foundation for the digital transformation of automotive production. The physical and virtual worlds as well as operational technology and IT can be combined with them. This opens up new possibilities for gathering, understanding and using the huge amounts of data generated in engineering and production. With innovative IoT applications, for example, production processes can be made much more flexible and energy-efficient.

 

“Today’s agreement is a clear commitment by Mercedes-Benz and Siemens to Berlin as a location for innovation and production. Both companies have long-established and close ties to Berlin. With their strategic partnership, they are strengthening Berlin’s leading scientific and research location and can secure jobs and training places. We are very pleased that Siemens and Mercedes-Benz want to jointly advance the digitalisation of production processes from here – and we are very happy to support networking and cooperation with potential partners from science, research and business who are working here in the capital on future-oriented digital solutions for industrial applications and production,” says Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain Management. Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin. Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries.

Next big step towards sustainable production.

“We are further expanding our decades-long successful cooperation with Mercedes-Benz in the field of engineering and production. Together, we want to take the next big step towards sustainable and even more competitive automotive production. To achieve this, both partners rely on end-to-end digital technologies to connect technology, sustainability and new working environments more closely than ever before,” says Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries.

 

Siemens‘s leading automation and software solutions lay the foundation for the digital transformation of automotive production. The physical and virtual worlds as well as operational technology and IT can be combined with them. This opens up new possibilities for gathering, understanding and using the huge amounts of data generated in engineering and production. With innovative IoT applications, for example, production processes can be made much more flexible and energy-efficient.

“Today’s agreement is a clear commitment by Mercedes-Benz and Siemens to Berlin as a location for innovation and production. Both companies have long-established and close ties to Berlin. With their strategic partnership, they are strengthening Berlin’s leading scientific and research location and can secure jobs and training places. We are very pleased that Siemens and Mercedes-Benz want to jointly advance the digitalisation of production processes from here – and we are very happy to support networking and cooperation with potential partners from science, research and business who are working here in the capital on future-oriented digital solutions for industrial applications and production,” says Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Berlin – production and innovation location.

The State Government of Berlin welcomes and supports both the clear commitment to the production and innovation location, the transformation and the cooperation between the two companies. The State of Berlin will support the partnership, which is part of the excellent science and start-up landscape in Berlin. Against this background, the Governing Mayor of Berlin will sponsor the cooperation.

The new factory in Berlin.

Strategic focus topics at the start of the partnership.

The future of technology in industry.

  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects operational technology (OT) and IT.
  • Siemens brings together data from the virtual and physical world with hardware and software solutions.
  • This enables products and production processes to be digitally improved through continuous data evaluation, for example.
  • Data technology prerequisites for the IIoT are flexible, modular communication systems, for example local and highly flexible location systems based on 5G.
  • Using agile software development, Mercedes-Benz has created the MO360 digital production ecosystem as an important step in the digitalisation of its production processes.
  • Various applications of this flexible ecosystem are already being used in around 30 plants of the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars, helping to increase efficiency.
  • In the automotive industry, only a small proportion of manufacturing, engineering and administration employees currently have in-depth programming skills.
  • That is why Mercedes-Benz introduces the low-code platform mendix from Siemens.
  • This allows employees to quickly and easily develop apps for their workspaces and to further qualify. At the same time, new job profiles are emerging.
  • Siemens and Mercedes-Benz have set up a working group to optimise engineering and production processes using mendix apps.
  • In addition, a hackathon for app development for sustainable automotive production will be conducted.
  • Existing automation solutions are to be expanded at the Berlin site with new technologies such as virtualisation, artificial intelligence and edge computing.
  • This enables Mercedes-Benz to react even more flexibly to changing market requirements.

The future of sustainability in industry.

  • Automation, digitalisation and the intelligent use of production data can make a decisive contribution to reducing energy and resource consumption, CO₂ emissions and costs.
  • In the cooperation, Mercedes-Benz and Siemens want to focus on energy efficiency and a sustainable heat supply of the production plants.
  • To this end, the companies are expanding their existing energy efficiency partnership.
  • The aim is to decarbonise the Mercedes-Benz Digital Factory Campus Berlin and roll out into the global Mercedes-Benz Cars production network.
  • Siemens develops holistic solutions for energy efficiency for Mercedes-Benz, for example at the interface of infrastructure and production.
  • In addition to innovative technical solutions, Siemens offers new financing concepts in which remuneration is based on the savings.
  • The aim is to create a blueprint for the global Mercedes-Benz production network and the industrial landscape of Berlin with the digital and sustainable transformation of the Berlin-Marienfelde plant, which was founded in 1902.
  • Experience from Factory 56 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen and Siemensstadt² in Berlin will also be used, exchanged and further developed.
  • In addition to the design of a sustainable “zero-emission building”, the focus is also on the establishment of modern working environments.

The future of people in industry.

  • The partnership will focus on the creation of state-of-the-art working environments by interlinking production processes, technologies, infrastructure, and people.
  • The Comfy app, which is already used at Siemens locations, shows how this can work in practice. It allows employees to report their presence or check the availability of rooms and places. The app creates the foundation for future-proof, digital work environments.
  • With the help of the Digital Factory Campus Berlin, Mercedes-Benz will qualify all its production staff in the global Mercedes-Benz Cars production network with regard to digital key competencies. The focus is on topics such as the use of digital tools, data literacy and low-code platforms.
  • Mercedes-Benz AG is already using digital solutions such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), for example in qualification.
  • Digital simulations and gamification are further approaches to learning the future.
  • Concepts and experiences from the Siemensstadt2 and the Mercedes-Benz Digital Factory Campus will serve as a basis for an in-depth exchange.
  • Siemens, for example, offers digital learning opportunities for flexible, continuous, individual online learning as well as solutions for virtual training for production employees with the help of 3D models.
  • In addition, Siemens supports programmes at various educational institutions in Berlin to impart digitalisation skills.
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

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1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

8 Alle technischen Angaben sind vorläufig und wurden intern nach Maßgabe der jeweils anwendbaren Zertifizierungsmethode ermittelt. Es liegen bislang weder bestätigte Werte vom TÜV noch eine EG-Typgenehmigung noch eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.