Nov 2, 2016 | By Tess

Global engineering and tech company Siemens had expanded its global partnerships with two new agreements with major UAE organizations: the Mubadala Development Company and the Ministry of Education. The two agreements, or more specifically memorandums of understanding (MoU), are geared specifically towards advancing and promoting 3D printing and education.

Top: Joe Kaeser, president and chief executive officer of Siemens AG, and Dr Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education

Bottom: Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens in the Middle East and UAE, and Saif Al Mazroui, advisor to the minister

Under the new MoU, the government owned Mubadala Development Company will partner with Siemens in order to expand and further integrate 3D printing technologies into business frameworks with the goal of creating business opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Headquartered in Germany, Siemens has been a significant player in the industrial 3D printing game, having leveraged 3D printing technologies for the manufacturing of industrial spare parts and having partnered with companies the likes of HP. As the company explains, 3D printing technologies are opening the doors to new opportunities and manufacturing advantages such as lower greenhouse gas emissions, less material consumption, and faster development and repair times.

Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens in the Middle East and UAE commented on the new partnership saying, “With the growing manufacturing sector in the UAE and the wider region, 3D printing is a disruptive technology that is set to have a significant impact on the industry. The UAE has recognized the potential of 3D printing from industry to infrastructure, and Siemens looks forward to providing its digital expertise in the area.”

On a larger scale, the new partnership between Siemens and Mubadala will seek to strengthen both companies’ competitiveness in the global 3D printing industry.

The MoU signed with the Ministry of Education is geared towards advancing the UAE’s goal of fostering a “knowledge-based economy”. This involves promoting and building the country’s educational programs for students and young professionals. More specifically, Siemens will commit itself to supporting the UAE’s “sustainable future development” through the education and training of said young professionals.

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education, said: “Siemens has been a trusted partner of the UAE for more than 40 years, pioneering innovation, technology and successful infrastructure projects in the country. Through this MoU for collaboration on higher education, I look forward to partnering with Siemens to equip university graduates with the skills and professional experience to help drive the UAE’s sustainable economic growth.”

As part of the MoU, Siemens and the Ministry of Education have made a plan to account for various objectives laid out through the UAE National Youth Agenda, the UAE Economic Vision 2021, and the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The plan consists of a special joint taskforce which will organize educational and training-based activities with the ultimate goals of preparing UAE youth for highly-skilled positions, and increasing their participation in the private sector.

The program will include visits to Siemens’ facilities both in the UAE and Germany, instituting Siemens’ Mechatronics Certification Program, offering various internships at selected UAE universities, and more. “The UAE has a clear vision to diversify its economy and build up national talent. Innovation is part of our DNA and we are proud to support these ambitions through meaningful contributions to education and knowledge transfer,” said Siersdorfer.

Overall, Siemens’ partnerships with both the Mubadala Development Company and the Ministry of Education in the UAE are aimed at bolstering the country’s already strong influence in the 3D printing and advanced manufacturing sectors.



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