Mercedes-Benz and Siemens plan to cooperate on advancing digitalisation and automation in the automotive industry, supported by the state of Berlin.

The car maker aims to digitise its production processes and Siemens, a leading supplier in the field of automation, industrial software and smart infrastructure, will bring its expertise and technology to the partnership to develop highly flexible, efficient and sustainable automotive production.

Joerg Burzer, Mercedes' production and supply chain management chief said the automaker "takes digitalisation to the next level in the global production network. Together with Siemens, we are driving forward the development of sustainable future technology".

The automaker's Berlin-Marienfelde site in Germany will be transformed into a competence centre for digitalisation with focus on development and implementation of the digital Mercedes-Benz Cars ecosystem MO360 in addition to the redesign of production activities. In the future, e-mobility components will also be assembled in Berlin. The company wants to secure the future for Berlin which is the oldest site in its global powertrain production network. The Digital Factory Campus in Berlin is the technological and digital nucleus for the whole cars production network. Its objective is to roll out the new developments that have been tested in Berlin at plants worldwide and to provide users with the required qualifications.

With the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science in the Siemensstadt in Berlin, there is already an excellent wealth of experience that can be incorporated into the cooperation. With the synergies of the Siemensstadt and the campus, plants will be transformed into two modern digital sites.

Siemens automation and software is the foundation for Daimler's digital transformation of automotive production. The physical and virtual worlds as well as operational technology and IT can be combined with them. This opens up new possibilities for gathering, understanding and using the huge amounts of data generated in engineering and production. With innovative IoT applications, production processes can be made much more flexible and energy efficient.