CC-Link membership grows with interest in open networks

06 August 2013

According to CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) its total membership is now approaching the 2,000 mark, making it one of the largest organisations of its type worldwide. At the same time, the network’s installed base is close to 10 million devices.

CC-Link boasts over 1,200 products from more than 260 manufacturers, meaning that there is a wide choice of devices for all applications. CC-Link is an established open network technology which promises seamless architecture that reaches from enterprise IT connectivity to simple digital I/O on the shop floor. It is able to support equipment from different manufacturers within a single system, allowing system integrators to choose best-in-class products.

John Browett, general manager said: “One of our big drivers is CC-Link’s Asian pedigree, which we capitalise upon in Europe by running a members’ program called ‘Gateway to China’ to provide assistance for developing business in that vibrant economy. European companies are starting to realise that if they want to do business in the rest of the world, then they need to support the local technologies. While many of them have comprehensive coverage of the European networks, they are also realising that CC-Link is a crucial piece of the puzzle for success in markets like Asia. Not addressing it will leave a large share of the market inaccessible.

“Within Western Europe we have built firm foundations and are increasingly extending into the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Similarly, from North America weare reaching into South America. We also just opened an office in India to serve the huge automation market that is rapidly developing in this ‘BRIC’ nation.”

The CLPA works with its members to promote CC-Link compatible products throughout the world via its websites, product catalogues, at trade fairs, with press activities, conferences and seminars. It currently has offices in Germany, the UK, North America, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore and India.

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