The global technology company that makes MRIs, other advanced healthcare equipment, and some of the world’s fastest cigarette-making machines

SIEMENS AG, a multinational engineering and electronics corporation and Europe’s largest industrial manufacturer, has cultivated an image as a medical equipment and healthcare company in advertisements in major magazines and newspapers with headlines such as “More health care stories with happier endings.” SIEMENS is one of Stand Up To Cancer’s “Champions,” a high-level partner. Among the 170-year old German-based company’s divisions is Siemens Healthineers, which produces a broad spectrum of immunoassay, chemistry, hematology, molecular, and urinalysis testing technology for clinical laboratories. The company is also a leader in medical imaging. In 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that SIEMENS was tied with General Electric for the highest market share in the medical imaging field (28%).

But this self-proclaimed healthcare leader is also a leading manufacturer of cigarette-making machinery. Among SIEMENS’s customers has been Philip Morris USA, maker of the best-selling cigarette brand Marlboro. According to SIEMENS’s website in 2015, the company’s tobacco industry division includes “machines for the manufacturing and packaging of cigarettes at speeds of 4,000 to 20,000 cigarettes per minute,” and its “Simotion Motion Control System is now gaining a foothold in the cigarette manufacturing industry.” A single SIEMENS machine thus produces 1.2 million cigarettes (or 60,000 packs) during the annual one-hour Stand Up To Cancer telecast.

This exhibit includes screenshots of the SIEMENS website in 2015 that showcase its work for RJ Reynolds, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, and the China tobacco monopoly.  Today SIEMENS’ streamlined public-facing website gives no obvious clue that the company is still an ally of the cigarette business.

It cannot go unmentioned SIEMENS was also Germany’s leading industrial conglomerate throughout the Nazi era and made use of hundreds of thousands of slave laborers, including in factories inside concentration camps.

More Healthcare Stories with Happy Endings 

Advertisement for Siemens.

Lighting up the Future

Article in Siemen’s THE MAGAZINE, from 2007 .

Motion Control Accelerates Cigarette Packaging

Siemens Press Release.

Cross Selling Initiatives Industry Suites – The Standardized Sector-oriented Range (Tobacco)

Siemens Slide Presentation (Slide 16) from 2003.

Initial Success – Product Integrity at ITC India 

Siemens Slide Presentation (Slide 22) from March 21, 2006.

Siemens An Ideal match for Tobacco Processing and Cigarette Production

Website, from 2017.

Market and Manufacturing Responsiveness – R.J. Reynolds: Specification Management Solution with SIMATIC IT

Website, from 2015.

Sustainability in Tobacco Production 

Website, from 2013.

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