Against the backdrop of a slowdown of the global economy and increasing pressure to reduce costs in healthcare systems, Siemens Healthcare has been able to maintain and partially even improve its leading worldwide position in medical technology. For instance, Siemens' market share in large imaging systems has steadily increased in recent years and now amounts to 36 percent. Siemens has thus strengthened its global leadership in this segment.
The dual-track strategy is proving its merit in enhancing both product portfolio and market coverage. As far as the product portfolio is concerned, Siemens Healthcare is the only provider able to master both the market for pioneering technologies like integrated MRI/PET systems and the medium-price segment at the same time. The Magnetom Spectra is the most recent proof of that. Thanks to its economic efficiency, hospitals and other radiological institutes can offer their patients high-quality 3-tesla imaging. As far as market coverage is concerned, Siemens Healthcare has over the past three years been able to more than offset the decrease in volume in the U.S. with annual growth of 27 percent in China. This makes China Siemens Healthcare's second largest market for imaging equipment and most important growth market. To continue to profit from this positive development, the Sector will intensify direct and indirect sales activities in emerging countries. In fiscal 2012, Siemens Healthcare's workforce in China is planned to be increased by about 700 employees.
Siemens Healthcare introduced its Agenda 2013 in November 2011. This two-year initiative defines a number of measures in the areas of innovation, competitiveness, regional footprint, and workforce development and so broadens the Sector's basis for future capital-efficient growth. The first measures have already been successfully implemented. Targeted investment in key R&D areas is designed to enlarge the product offering for the entry-level segment. To return to margin levels of previous fiscal years, the Diagnostics Division is carrying out effective cost-saving measures while simultaneously focusing its R&D activities on growth-oriented innovations. Also, cross-Sector purchasing volume will be increased in emerging countries to secure margins. Here, Siemens Healthcare is aiming for a target of 20 percent – three years ago it was just over 17 percent. Furthermore, savings have been achieved by reducing Sales, General and Administrative costs (SG&A). Between 2008 and 2011, the SG&A costs' share of revenue decreased by a total of nearly three percentage points.
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About Siemens Healthcare
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros.