Siemens presented an integrated study to the Ministry of Industry to improve the competitiveness of the Egyptian-made products by providing advanced solutions and technologies in the field of digital transformation. Egypt has been looking to digitally develop industries, automation solutions, while upgrading the capabilities of Egyptian cadres in the industrial sector.
Wael Omar, senior vice president of digital industries at Siemens Egypt, said that German experts conducted a study on four industrial zones in Egypt. The industrial zones hold 12 factories divided into three small, medium, and large enterprises, and was classified on the basis of sales volume, production, and employment.
He explained that the study included problems and challenges in the industrial zones, and proposals for the development of industrial zones, such as the 10th of Ramadan and 6th of October, as well as recommendations from Siemens to promote the Egyptian industry and keep pace with the fourth industrial revolution.
Omar pointed out that the Ministry of Industry is in constant contact with the company, and a meeting is scheduled within days, to determine next steps, after reports on the industrial zones were sent to Germany.
He explained that the study presented by Siemens aims to achieve a tangible development in the areas of industrial zones, automation, and digital technology, education, training, as well as energy saving, safety solutions, and environmental protection. This is especially important as the industry sector is a top priority for the economic development strategy of Egypt 2030.
Omar explained that the study includes the development of educational curricula to train workers on future production methods, and the use of certified trainers in the industrial field.
Siemens has provided the largest grant of its kind in support of education in Egypt of $120m. The grant aims to support training, higher education, and scientific research at the faculties of engineering at Cairo, Ain Shams and Alexandria Universities, which represents the three largest universities in Egypt.
Omar added that Siemens aims to provide advanced solutions, products in industrial operations, and automation in the Egyptian market of €2m next year.
“The volume of contracts and dealings with a group of companies this year is close to €1m,” said Siemens Egypt’s senior vice president of digital industries. “Manufacturing has been the cornerstone of global economic growth for decades.”
He said that Siemens has agreed with El Ameria Cement Company and Lafarge Cement to supply digital technology solutions to improve production efficiency, and developed units to measure thermal emissions and pollution in Ezz Steel Company after the Ministry of Environment issued amendments to the chimney legislation. It is under negotiations with Beni Suef Cement to put these units in its factory.
He explained that Siemens is negotiating to provide control and operational control solutions for the Ahmed Hamdy tunnel, as well as provide solutions for the passage of cables in the tunnels, which is being implemented for the first time in the new administrative capital.
“With the help of Siemens’ integrated technology and solutions, Egyptian industrial enterprises will be able to reach higher levels of flexibility and productivity they may need in order to tackle major challenges with the help of digital transformation solutions,” he said.
He pointed out that the Egyptian economy is improving significantly and has resulted in a large number of Arab and foreign companies investing in and implementing projects. Egypt has an opportunity to keep pace with the fourth industrial revolution in light of the current political stability.