Siemens Mobility to Invest in New Cutting-Edge Factory

Siemens Mobility is investing €115 million to establish a cutting-edge rail infrastructure manufacturing, digital engineering, and research & development (R&D) center. Accordingly, the new factory will rise in Chippenham, Britain.

Moreover, the investment highlights the commitment to innovation, sustainability, excellence. Also, it aims to meet the growing demand for rail infrastructure in Britain and worldwide.

The new facility, set to replace the existing factory in 2026, will be vital for Siemens Mobility’s future projects in rail technology, providing an efficient site to build the next generation of conventional and digital rail signaling and control systems for Britain. Meanwhile, the transition, including the transfer of all local workforce, will not cause any interruption in production.

“This new commitment from Siemens is a big boost for Britain’s world-class manufacturing sector and shows our plan for the UK to be the best place to invest and grow a business is working,” says Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

In addition, Hunt said, “This digital technology will improve the safety, reliability and connectivity of our railways and drive sustainable opportunities in higher-paid jobs and exports – as part of our plan to grow our economy.”

Meanwhile, Karl Blaim, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Mobility said the company has been the pioneer in digital signaling technology, providing leading service solutions.

“This new €115 million investment underscores our unwavering commitment to Chippenham and the UK. It builds upon our significant investments in a state-of-the-art Train Manufacturing Facility and Rail Village in Goole. Thus, further solidifying our long-term commitment to the advancement of the UK’s rail industry.”

Siemens Mobility’s New Chippenham Site

Siemens Mobility’s new Chippenham site will feature an office built to the highest BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard. The production and warehouse areas will meet strict sustainability criteria, evaluated across various categories including energy, water, waste, health, well-being, or materials. This promotes structures that are more sustainable and beneficial for society and the environment. 

Furthermore, Siemens Mobility is constructing the factory with the latest standards for highly efficient production. The site, designed to blend in with its surroundings, will undergo an ecological assessment. Thus, aiming for a 10% net increase in biodiversity through the planting of native plants and the creation of wildlife habitats.

Legacy of Excellence: Siemens Mobility in Chippenham

Siemens Mobility’s Chippenham factory has been a hub of innovation for over a century. Particularly, it pushes the boundaries of rail technology and is making a lasting impact on projects globally.

Key innovations include digital signaling technology for the Elizabeth, Victoria, and Central lines, computer-based interlockings for the East Coast Digital Programme, modular technology for improved connections on the North Wales Coast, development of relays for railway signaling, or being at the forefront of delivering the first centralized traffic control systems in the UK. These innovations have resulted in significant industry cost reductions, improved safety, and enhanced efficiency.

The current Siemens Mobility factory in Chippenham has a rich history, dating back to its establishment by signaling contractor Evans O’Donnell in 1897. Over the years, it underwent various transitions, including being acquired by the Westinghouse Brake & Signaling Company, before becoming part of Siemens global network.