03 February 2013

Siemens opens smart grid centre of competence in New Brunswick, Canada

-Invest NB has committed to support hiring of 25 R&D employees 

Fredericton, NB – 31 January 2013 - Siemens Canada officially opened smart grid centre of competence (COC) and a research & development (R&D) centre in Fredericton, NB. It is a milestone in Siemens’ multi-year partnership with NB Power, announced in the summer of 2012. 

Approximately 23 employees have been hired at the facility to-date, of which 15 are R&D hires. Invest NB has committed to support the hiring of a total of 25 R&D employees. The majority of new employees are local hires, aligning with Siemens’ strategy to bring the best of global smart grid knowledge together with local expertise from New Brunswick’s impressive talent pool. 

The collaboration between Siemens and NB Power, involving a comprehensive Smart Grid Reduce and Shift Demand (RASD) modernization plan, will invest in technology and engage customers, offering businesses and residents more choice and control over their energy consumption. Using Smart Grid Compass methodology, Siemens will support NB Power in developing an energy road map for the next decade and beyond. Design and rollout of smart grid software will take place at the new Fredericton facility, located at 40 Crowther Lane, Knowledge Park 4. 

Siemens’ plans for 2013 include additional hiring, working with NB Power to further develop its RASD plan and implement base IT systems for smart grid applications, as well as develop partnerships with local universities. 

“This centre of competence is a milestone for Siemens from a global perspective, and represents our commitment to furthering research and development and deployment of smart grid technologies in Canada. Together with NB Power we’re creating what we are confident will be a global innovation showcase in energy efficiency,” said Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada 

New Brunswick Premier David Alward said, “The establishment of Siemens Canada in Fredericton is exciting news for the entire province as we work to build our R&D capacity while modernizing New Brunswick’s electricity system. These new positions will also add expertise and growth in the area of information and communications technology, one of our province’s target sectors in Growing Together – An Economic Development Action Plan for New Brunswick.” 

Sales for Siemens in Canada in fiscal 2012 (ended September 30), were $2.1 billion CAD. The company has 53 offices and 14 manufacturing/assembly facilities and employs 4,500 across Canada. 

Source: Siemens