Siemens opens multi-purpose plant

Siemens Canada Ltd.‘s new plant will produce Internet-enabled, process monitoring hardware.

The 83,000-square-foot facility in Burlington, .Ont. (about 50 km southwest of Toronto) combines three different operations from Siemens’

industrial products group.

The company, which employs about 6,800 in Canada, will assemble industrial process control and monitoring hardware at the plant, said Roger Alexander senior vice-president for manufacturing and engineering of Mississauga, Ont.-based Siemens Canada.

Alexander said the products could be used to remotely monitor processes at a pulp and paper plant with several different buildings, or at a mine that covers a large area. In theory, he said, an engineer could monitor processes from home over the Internet. Siemens will not make the components at the Burlingon facility. Instead, it will ship components made at other facilities and have them assembled there.

The vendor intends to export finished products to the U.S. and supply them to Canadian companies. Siemens Canada’s information and communications division, which has about 5,000 customers is focussing on the enterprise networking market. Although Siemens Canada sold its enterprise division to Norstan Canada about ten years ago, recent studies have shown most cross-selling opportunities are in communications.

Through its “”community concept,”” the manufacturer will employ one community manager each in 64 different communities who will look for cross-selling opportunities across Siemens’ various divisions.

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