Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier was the guest of honour at the official opening of the University of Lincoln’s Engineering Hub expansion.
He was joined by a robotic assistant in cutting the ribbon at the ceremony on Thursday, September 8, after praising the city’s ‘quiet but revolutionary industrial strategy’.
Guests at the event also heard from the university’s Vice Chancellor Mary Stuart and Managing Director of Siemens in Lincoln Neil Corner, who both celebrated the award-winning collaboration between the two institutions.
The expansion of the Engineering Hub marks the first phase of the university’s new £28 million Isaac Newton Building.
It provides additional training spaces and offices for Siemens, as well as new academic facilities for staff and students.
Once completed in 2017, the Isaac Newton Building will be home to the university’s schools of engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics.
Juergen Maier told The Lincolnite: “This is about young people who are looking for potential jobs in the future. And what a great facility to have on your doorstep.
“I always think of Lincoln as one of our best in class areas for recruiting skills.”
The Siemens boss, who vehemently campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union, said the company would continue to invest in Lincolnshire projects, training, research and development despite the uncertainty of the country’s single market status.
“It’s going to be a long time before we work out what Brexit really means for Great Britain. The attitude that we’re taking is it’s just business as usual.
“There’s obviously going to be negotiations around the corner but we’re carrying on here and investing here in research and skills, and we intend to have a good future here in Lincolnshire.”