Siemens expands Saudi footprint with new R&D center

Siemens’ first MindSphere Application Center and MindSphere Lounge was inaugurated at the Siemens Head Office in Riyadh.
Updated 17 November 2019

Siemens expands Saudi footprint with new R&D center

Siemens inaugurated the first MindSphere Application Center and MindSphere Lounge at the Siemens Head Office in Riyadh. This is the latest milestone in the company’s 90-year heritage in the Kingdom.
The MindSphere Application Center, together with the MindSphere Lounge and MindSphere Lab, offer a collaborative space, staffed by skilled people, who facilitate the co-creation of customized digital solutions with partners in the public and private sectors using MindSphere, Siemens’ cloud-based, open industrial IoT platform.
The MindSphere Application Center in Riyadh is part of a global network of 20 centers with 900 software developers, data specialists and engineers who work together with customers and partners to develop tailor-made digital solutions, thereby addressing their most pressing challenges and enabling improved operational efficiency, reduced costs and optimized systems across entire value chains.
The center represents another step toward more focused and customized product and service delivery, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” philosophy.
Stefan Werner, acting CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: “Vision 2030 is creating fantastic opportunities for our young people, who make up more than half of the Saudi Arabian population. With the MindSphere Application Center, we are providing a platform for young people to come and learn, develop and co-create with us. We have started with Effat University and look forward to achieving even more.”
Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al-Lail, president of Effat University, said: “We are here to officially open this center, which was designed and developed based on the winning design created by our students. I am proud of our valuable and productive partnership with Siemens, and proud of our students and their contributions to the development of Saudi Arabia, as represented by this magnificent new center.”
Abdallah Obeikan, CEO of the Obeikan Investment Group, said: “I believe Siemens will lead the digital transformation in the industrial sector globally. The capability and history of Siemens is creating a new dimension of partnership with us, moving from a normal supplier-customer relationship to a real partnership to co-create, co-develop and go to the market together.”
Prof. Dr. Rainer Speh, senior vice president, technology and innovation at Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: “We are the only company in the market that brings the virtual world together with the real world in a holistic way. The new MindSphere Application Center Lounge will enable us to work together with our customers to optimize entire production processes by seamlessly integrating data and driving continuous innovation from virtual product design to simulation, manufacturing and operations optimization.”


72% increase in goods handling at King Abdullah Port

Updated 20 September 2020

72% increase in goods handling at King Abdullah Port

Amidst the challenges of COVID-19, King Abdullah Port has ensured uninterrupted services, playing an active role in facilitating the smooth flow of the logistics chain for essential commodities. The port’s world-class infrastructure with mega capacity combined with its efficient operation capabilities enabled an increase of 72 percent in handling pharmaceutical and medical supplies during the first eight months of 2020. 

More than adequate refrigerated storage facilities with high efficiency have been installed as pharmaceutical and medical supplies are areas of particular focus at King Abdullah Port. The supplies imported to the Kingdom through the port included medicines, which require specialized cooling mechanisms, and air filters for respiratory devices, among others. The increase in the handling of containers signifies King Abdullah Port’s enhanced efforts and its contribution toward achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

As part of its community-driven endeavors, King Abdullah Port allowed importers to continue benefiting from round-the-clock cargo clearance services without any disruptions, in cooperation with government agencies including Saudi Customs, Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Border Guards and others operating under the regulatory frameworks of the Economic Cities and Special Zones Authority. This contributed to facilitating product clearance procedures easily and effectively. As a result, the port has seen a substantial improvement in the satisfaction level of its customers across various industries as reflected in the growth of cargo handling volume. 

Necessary preventive measures have been taken in cooperation with the Ministry of Health to ensure the health and safety of all port staff and visitors while maintaining a high level of efficiency.

To reduce direct contact and avoid the spread of COVID-19, King Abdullah Port relied on activating e-operations during this period while maintaining the efficiency of the product clearance process. 

The port took appropriate measures to respond to any vessel with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases while ensuring risk-free vessel operations. It mandated shipping agents to send all required information to the ministry 24 hours before the vessel’s arrival to ensure the implementation of all necessary medical examinations and precautionary measures if necessary.

Run by the Ports Development Company and located in King Abdullah Economic City, King Abdullah Port is the first port in the region to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. 

It has been listed as the world’s fastest-growing container ports and one of the 100 largest ports globally after less than four years of operation. Further, 10 of the world’s largest shipping lines work at the port, which currently has a capacity of 6.5 million TEU, offering integrated services to importers and exporters. King Abdullah Port’s development plan is progressing at a steady pace and it is set to consolidate its place among the leading ports worldwide.