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A message from our sponsor, Siemens AG

Siemens AG (www.siemens.com) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality.

The challenges confronting today’s world are global – and so are we. With a presence in some 190 countries, we can offer customers fast, local, tailor-made solutions. And that gives us a decisive competitive edge. Our roughly 405,000 employees work at 1,640 locations around the globe, including 176 R&D facilities.

A vital part of Siemens is our Energy Sector, which is the world’s leading supplier of a wide range of products, solutions and services for power generation, transmission and distribution as well as for the production, conversion and transport of the primary fuels oil and gas. We’re the only supplier worldwide with comprehensive knowhow encompassing the entire energy conversion chain and, in particular, plant-to-grid connections and other types of interfaces. We focus primarily on the requirements of energy utilities and industrial companies – particularly those in the oil and gas industry.

Siemens Energy has about 88,000 employees worldwide. In fiscal 2010, the Sector generated total revenue of €25.5 billion and profit of €3.6 billion. Learn more at www.siemens.com/energy.