Siemens has been represented in Bulgaria for 128 years and today is on of the leading technology company in the country.
Siemens’s market presence today is being strengthened by a uniform and customer-oriented approach and the company recently expanded its portfolio by integrating
the subsidiaries of VA TECH in Bulgaria.
In fiscal 2005 (October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005), the sales of all consolidated Siemens companies in Bulgaria amounted EUR 148 million and new orders amounted to EUR 361 million. Siemens currently has about 360 employees in the country.
· Early in 2005, Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) signed a contract with the Bulgarian State Railway Company BDZ EAD to deliver and maintain of 25 DMU (Diesel Multiple Units) trains. Six months later, a contract for supplying and maintaining 25 EMU ( Electrical Multiple Unit) trains was signed. Both projects attracted considerable attention in the country and beyond its borders and were very positively received. These contracts are positive signal for encouraging foreign direct investments in Bulgaria.
Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) and Power Generation (PG) - successfully offer the complete spectrum of their products and services in Bulgaria. Siemens is involved in the development of energy management system (SCADA System) for NEK EAD ((National Electricity Company), the Bulgarian operator of high-voltage networks. This order is running as part of the ENERGIA 2 project financed by the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and EIB (European Investment Bank). The project is modernizing Bulgaria’s power grid. Siemens signed a contract with NEK EAD for delivery of APLC and DPLC equipment, spare parts and services Power signed a contract for design, delivery, dismantle, fitting and implementation of Switchgears 0,4 kV for blocks 1-4 of TPP “Maritza Iztok 2” EAD. Also Power signed a contract with “Elektrorazpredelenie – Varna” AD for design, building and implementation of substation “Biala 110/20 kV”. The contract is strategic for Siemens because of the serious scale of the project and for the fact that it is the first such contract with the new owner of “Elektrorazpredelenie – Varna” AD – the German company E.ON Energie AG.
In 2005, the decision was also made for building a second nuclear power plant, the NPP “Belene”, in Bulgaria.
Siemens Building Technologies (SBT) made its first steps towards establishing strategic partnership with the famous German investor Kaufland through its Regional Company Kaufland Bulgarian GmbH & Co KG.
Graphic Centre Sofia (GCS) - The GCS became one of the best achievers in Siemens Bulgaria. The team designed and implemented more than 410 projects within the past six years.
· By the end of 2005, Siemens Medical Solutions (Med) will provide the two biggest Bulgarian hospitals – the hospital of the Military Medical Academy and the National Cardiology Hospital with modern and highly specialized medical equipment In addition, Siemens is leading a campaign for improving patient-care conditions in oncology centers. As part of this project, Siemens is providing medical equipment and scholling personnel.
· In the past fiscal year, Siemens Communications (Com) successfully intensified its cooperation with the three biggest telecom operators MTel, now part of Mobilkom Austria Group, Globul and Bulgarian Telecommunications Company. Siemens signed a contract with BTC (Bulgarian Telecommunication Company) for EWSD extension with V5.2 interfaces. Com department signed a contract with Vivatel ( the third GSM operator) for delivery of equipment for the call center of the new operator. Communications and Transportation Systems signed a contract with National Railway Infrastructure Company for Modernization the safety and telecommunication installations of the railway track Blagoevgrad – Kulata., Southern Bulgaria. The project is financed by the Phare Cross Border Co-operation Program of the European Commission.
· Automation & Drives (A&D) delivered twelve frequency invertors from the new SINAMICS G150 series for the modernization of the production processes at the Bulgarian NE metals plant Elatzite-Copper AD . In addition, A&D successfully implemented the new version of the software system PCS 7 in the Bulgarian NE metals plant Umicore Med and Zlatna Panega Cement plant.
Siemens has been represented in Bulgaria since 1878 and has been involved in many strategic projects to develop the country. Siemens Bulgaria takes its social responsibility very seriously and supports the young and talented people in the field of technology and science in the country. Bulgaria’s upcoming accession in the EU in 2007 and its membership in NATO have given a positive impulse to internationally financed projects in the country and have stimulated foreign direct investments.