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Siemens DCS selected by Dow R&D as lab standard

ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2008 - Siemens Energy & Automation announced that the SIMATIC PCS 7 distributed control system (DCS) has been adopted by The Dow Chemical Company's research & development department as its new standard for Laboratory Process Control applications worldwide. The announcement follows the completion of several successful test projects using the PCS 7 Box system at Dow R&D sites in Midland, Michigan; Freeport, Texas: and Terneuzen, Netherlands. The projects were critical first steps in the process to replace Dow's aging systems with commercially available technology.

"Overall, the lab automation team selected PCS 7 as the preferred solution for the automation of Dow R&D laboratory systems because of the best balance between flexibility, functionality, supportability and cost-effective scalability for small reactor systems," said Clark Dressen, Dow senior R&D leader. "We were impressed not only with the robust and reliable hardware, detailed diagnostics, and powerful programming tools, but also by the excellent technical support. As part of the transition, Siemens is also helping us develop enhanced libraries and tools and document best practices to help researchers increase their productivity."

"We look forward to working with Dow to upgrade its existing R&D systems," said Andreas Aufenanger, general manager, Process Automation Systems, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. "The PCS 7 Box system is an ideal fit for Dow's global R&D network."

About Dow:
Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 43,000 people worldwide.

References to "Dow" or the "company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

About Siemens:
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics, focusing on the three key sectors of healthcare, industry and energy. Founded 160 years ago in Germany, Siemens AG reported sales of $96.6 billion in fiscal year 2007 (ended September 30). Siemens today employs more than 470,000 people in some 190 countries. In the United States alone, Siemens had sales of over $25 billion (including export sales), fueled largely by infrastructure projects and innovative solutions in the industry areas of medical, automation and control, power, transportation and lighting. Headquartered in New York City, Siemens in the U.S. employs nearly 72,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The U.S. is also home to the global headquarters of nine of Siemens' worldwide businesses.
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