BRIDG and Siemens to announce new partnership at NeoCity

Osceola-based tech consortium BRIDG and software giant Siemens have scheduled a joint announcement next week of a new partnership and research collaboration at the NeoCity technology district. 

BRIDG CEO Chester Kennedy and Rob Rudder, executive vice president of Siemens PLM Software, will release details of the arrangement on Jan. 25 alongside county and UCF leaders at the BRIDG center in NeoCity. 

The partnership brings another Fortune 500 company to the fledgling tech district, which last year opened the 109,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing research center. The non-profit research consortium and global software developer will collaborate on digital twin solutions for the semiconductor industry.

digital twin is a virtual representation of a machine or plant on a digital platform. 

Siemens, which employs 5,000 Floridians, joins Belgium-based imec as early anchors of the 500-acre technology district. 

BRIDG and imec will lease half of the office building, but it's unclear if Siemens would locate an office there. Osceola County Manager Don Fisher said he has not been involved in the negotiations. 

BRIDG spokeswoman Gloria LeQuang told GrowthSpotter on Thursday the company's physical presence at NeoCity would consist mainly of a demonstration area inside the BRIDG research center. 

Osceola County will start construction this year on a 100,000-square-foot office building at the BRIDG campus in NeoCity, and the county's school district will open a STEM magnet high school at the campus in the fall.

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