19 de Septiembre, 2005 8:39 GMT
FRANCFORT (Reuters) - El conglomerado industrial alemán Siemens dijo el lunes que recortará 1.500 millones de euros en costes y 2.400 puestos de trabajo en Alemania en su agónica unidad de servicios de información tecnológica SBS.
Siemens dijo en un comunicado que también disolvería la unidad de logística con pérdidas L&A e integraría la partes con éxito del negocio en otras unidades de la compañía.
Adrian Hammerstein, presidente de la unidad SBS, renunciará a su cargo y será reemplazado por Christoph Kollatz, quien anteriormente estaba a cargo de la unidad Soluciones y Servicios Industriales de Siemens.
En Com, la unidad de telecomunicaciones será reestructurada para que sus ventas y servicios estén mejor orientados a los clientes.
Este cambio tiene lugar en momentos en que las empresas más pequeñas siguen reticentes a invertir en nuevos sistemas basados en Internet.
L&A, que el trimestre pasado sorprendió a los inversores al convertirse en la tercera de las 12 unidades de Siemens que pasa a pérdidas, será disuelta. Las partes rentables del negocio serán integradas en otras divisiones.
Siemens rigorously implements "Fit4More" program – further decisions made
Munich, Sep 19, 2005
- SBS: Comprehensive cost cuts of €1.5 billion – Reorientation of IT maintenance business – New Group Executive Management
- Com: Restructuring of sales and services at Enterprise Networks
- L&A: Group to be dissolved – Successful businesses to be integrated into other Siemens Groups – Spin-off of industry logistics
Siemens defined the "Fit4More" program in April 2005 with the goal to reach all margin targets agreed-upon and to put the company on course of sustainable profitable growth. Action must be taken, in particular, at the three loss-generating Groups: Siemens Business Services (SBS), Communications (Com) and Logistics and Assembly Systems (L&A). Following intensive discussions and further detailed analyses, the Corporate Executive Committee has decided on comprehensive measures to get these businesses back on the successful course of the other Siemens Groups.
Siemens Business Services (SBS) is accelerating its operational reorientation. Its product-related IT services (PRS) is to become more flexible and competitive. Early in the year, a major share of this activity in Germany was sold to the IT service provider a&o. As announced late in July, ordinary PC maintenance services in other countries will also be outsourced to partners. This service, however, will be integrated into SBS overall service offering upon request of customers.
In addition, SBS is initiating an extensive program to improve its competitiveness. SBS will cut its costs worldwide by €1.5 billion by fiscal 2007 to pave the way for further healthy growth. Along with making substantial cuts in asset and process costs, SBS must reduce overcapacities. This makes the phase-out of 2,400 jobs in Germany over the next two years unavoidable. Talks with employee representatives in this regard have been initiated.
Dr. Christoph Kollatz (44) will be taking over as Group President of SBS. Kollatz previously headed the Intelligent Traffic Systems Division at the Industrial Solutions and Services Group, and, prior to that, the top+ program for Siemens AG. The current Group President of SBS, Dr. Adrian v. Hammerstein (52), is stepping down at his own request. Michael Schulz-Drost (51) has been named Chief Financial Officer at SBS. Schulz-Drost was previously head of business administration at the Large Drives Division in the Automation and Drives Group. He succeeds Bernd Regendantz (55), who among other things will push the strategic reorientation of the PRS activities from Siemens headquarters.
The Enterprise Networks (EN) business in the Communications Group has been facing major technological and structural changes in recent years. Siemens has enjoyed great market success with innovative communications solutions to boost the productivity of its customers’ business processes. These telephone systems, which are easier to install and service, are being well received by customers. However, these changes – combined with the weak domestic economy and the current reluctance of small- and medium-sized businesses in particular to invest in new, Internet-based communications solutions (Voice over IP) – are forcing EN to make adjustments. Above all, the sales and service functions of EN have to be reoriented to the needs of corporate customer. This will require personnel adjustments, and the company is holding talks with employee representatives and IG Metall in this regard.
Action is being taken at the Logistics and Assembly Systems Group (L&A), as was reported late in August. The Distribution and Industry Division (DI) – which had slipped into the red – and its associated products and customer service will be spun off into a separate company – Dematic GmbH. In this form, the new company can more flexible respond to market needs and enter into country specific partnerships. The new unit, with around 5,000 employees, will be launched on
January 1, 2006. In the future it will be reported as "Other operating activities." These measures will burden earnings in the current and next fiscal year.
The L&A Group will be dissolved as of October 1, 2005. The successful Postal Automation and Airport Logistics Divisions will be allocated to the Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S). The Electronic Assembly Systems Division, which is also successful and produces pick & place machines for the electronics industry, will become part of the Automation and Drives Group (A&D). L&A Group President Johann Löttner (56) will coordinate the strategic reorientation of Dematic GmbH from company headquarters. Dr. Hans-Jörg Grundmann (50) and Dr. Peter Drexel (61) will join and strengthen the boards of I&S and A&D, respectively. Employees currently working at L&A headquarters will be offered positions, wherever possible, in other Siemens Groups.
Dr. Klaus Kleinfeld, President and CEO of Siemens AG, stressed that the company’s goal is to quickly put all businesses on a course of profitable growth. This is already the case with the majority of the Groups. "We are on track with Fit4More. We do what needs to be done to achieve our earnings targets. This will ensure that we remain a reliable and top-performing partner. Our customer offerings will thus be even more competitive, which is the basis for our company’s success and for the future security of jobs at Siemens. Only successful businesses can secure and create jobs."