Siemens Further Expands Frontier Partner Program

BERKELEY, Calif. — Siemens will add a new focus in industrial Augmented/Virtual Reality to its startup Frontier Partner. The Frontier program currently supports startups in the areas of 3D Printing and Robotics – granting manufacturing-focused startups access to Siemens’ PLM software, its technology partner program and other developmental resources. Today’s announced expansion into Augmented/Virtual Reality is a strong indicator of the success of Frontier’s approach and further demonstrates the leading role that Siemens is taking with innovations in advanced manufacturing.

“Digitalization is transforming industries across the globe, shortening innovation cycles even as products become more complex,” said Chuck Grindstaff, CEO and President, Siemens PLM Software. “We are helping our customers, in industries from autos to aerospace to consumer electronics, transform their operations. From ideation to realization and utilization, and from the top floor to the shop floor, our customers are creating digital enterprises with the most complete solution portfolio for digitalization in the industry. We’re proud to offer these same tools to Frontier Partner startups as they work to bring their own manufacturing-focused innovations to market.”

There are currently 20 Frontier partners in 3D Printing and Robotics, with more to be added with this announced expansion into Augmented/Virtual Reality.

The program supports startups in the product development phase. Startups receive a year-long development license to a comprehensive suite of Siemens’ PLM software that enables them to develop the new product. Additionally, participants have access to Siemens development mentors and other technology partners who utilize Siemens’ software.

The Frontier program is jointly managed by Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) and Siemens PLM Software. TTB is part of the Siemens Corporate Technology unit and is chartered with discovering and launching emerging technologies into profitable businesses. Siemens PLM Software is a global provider of digital software solutions that address areas such as product development, manufacturing, product data management and manufacturing operations management.

In addition to the more than $1 billion Siemens invests annually in the United States for research and development, this entrepreneurial initiative from Siemens is aimed at getting innovations to market quicker by building on existing, industry-proven tools.

“Over the past year, Siemens has made many structural and organizational changes to access more innovation, both inside and outside the company,” said Chenyang Xu, General Manager, Siemens Technology to Business, Berkeley. “The Frontier program is a great example of how Siemens is successfully working with many startups to bring their visionary technology to industrial scale and applicability which, in the end, benefits all of us.”

Startups looking to join the Frontier Partner program can apply at


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