Siemens has signed a strategic deal with the largest provider of public cloud services in China to develop the rollout of the industrial Internet of Things in the country.

The memorandum of understanding is with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of China’s Alibaba Group and will see Siemens’ cloud-based, open IoT operating system, MindSphere, available on Alibaba Cloud.Industry 4.0 IIot Cloud Automation Big Data

The two companies say they will work together “to build a unique IoT solution to support Industrie 4.0, China’s manufacturing upgrade and transformation and other industrial Internet initiatives”.

Siemens president Joe Kaeser and his Alibaba Cloud counterpart Simon Hu signed the MoU in Berlin, watched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

“Today, we further strengthen our global leadership in automating and digitalizing the Industrial world,” said Kaeser. “We continue to build our global industrial digital network by partnering with Alibaba Cloud. This cooperation is a landmark deal for bringing Industrie 4.0-solutions to China as the world’s powerhouse of manufacturing.

Our customers will be able to unlock the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things with MindSphere now also on the leading Chinese cloud platform.”

Hu said: “Today’s landmark partnership marks an exciting step towards Alibaba Cloud’s goal to enable digital transformation across the globe. We are delighted to partner with Siemens and together we hope to accelerate the adoption of IoT products and services that will create industry-wide breakthroughs and progress.”

Kaeser said the implementation of MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud “will provide compelling services for companies in China to innovate with advanced industrial solutions”.

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