BRAUNSCHWEIG (dpa-AFX) - To mark the 150th anniversary of the Siemens Mobility plant in Braunschweig, CEO Roland Busch has emphasized the importance of the site for the company and rail transport as a whole. "Braunschweig keeps the transportation system and the economy running worldwide," said the CEO of Siemens AG during a visit to the city in Lower Saxony. Nobody develops rail transportation as innovatively as they do, he said, addressing the approximately 4,000 employees from 46 nations.

During the anniversary celebrations, the Siemens CEO announced that up to 100 employees from the nearby Continental plant in Gifhorn would be offered prospects at Siemens Mobility over the next five years. A letter of intent to this effect had been signed by both companies, said Busch. Automotive supplier Continental announced in July that it intended to close its loss-making plant in Gifhorn by the end of 2027.

According to the company, the Siemens site in Braunschweig is the world's largest and oldest production and development site for railroad signaling and automation technologies. Due to the high demand for these areas, qualified personnel are needed, said Andre Rodenbeck from the Managing Board of Siemens Mobility. According to initial estimates, there are employment prospects for up to 100 employees with the right qualifications.

Lower Saxony's Economics Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) spoke of a positive signal with regard to the transformation. According to Lies, 600 of the 900 employees who will no longer be working at Conti by 2027 already have new prospects. "Siemens has made a significant contribution to this with 100 jobs today," said the SPD politician. He is convinced that this can also be achieved for the remaining Conti employees.

To demonstrate the outlook for the digital future of rail transport, the organizers had Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing control a switch using a tablet. With a view to the federal government's current budget problems, the FDP politician said that the planned renovation of important railroad lines would not be delayed. "For us in the infrastructure sector, it is clear that we have to bring forward the most urgent things if necessary, and for us, this clearly includes the refurbishment of Deutsche Bahn's core network," said Wissing./bch/DP/tih