Event outlines access to China for the automation market

11 September 2013

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is to host ‘Gateway to China’, an event to help UK companies discover and access automation business opportunities in Asia. It takes place on September 24, 2013 at Mitsubishi Electric Europe offices in Hatfield.

Free tickets to the event can be booked by visiting the CLPA’s EventBrite page: http://gateway-to-china.eventbrite.co.uk/.

Speakers at the Gateway to China event will include John Browett, general manager, CLPA, Chris Evans, manager of the marketing and operations Group at Mitsubishi Electric Europe and Dr Graeme Philp, CEO of GAMBICA.

Also speaking on the day are Andreas Schwope, senior engineer, industrial & communications business group at Renesas Electronics Europe, Eberhard Klotz, head of marketing products and technology at Festo and Jürgen Gutekunst, vice president, Business Unit Networking and Business Unit Systems, Balluff GmbH.

The final speaker will be Lutz Berners, president of Berners Consulting, a company that specialises in launching businesses into the Asian markets.

With a global installed base of almost nine million nodes, more than 1,200 products from over 270 manufacturers and over 1,900 partner companies, CC-Link offers an open network architecture that reaches from enterprise IT connectivity to simple digital I/O on the shop floor.

CC-Link IE is also said to be the only open gigabit Ethernet technology available in the automation sector, linking both controller and field devices throughout a plant.

CC-Link is the leading open automation networking technology in Japan and the rest of Asia, holding approximately twenty per cent of the region's market share. Integrating CC-Link technology into a product can open new doors into these markets. The technology is also becoming widely accepted in both Europe and North America due to its ease of use, strong productivity features and high performance.

“The Gateway to China programme was started in 2011, with the aim of making it easier for European companies to increase their business in China by using CC-Link as an enabling technology. Independent market research continues to show CC-Link is the network of choice in Asia,” said Browett.

Over the last year the CLPA has teamed up with key European partners such as Balluff, Datalogic, HBM, Festo and Bihl+Wiedemann to show the solutions they can offer to leading industries such as automotive, water, food and beverage and consumer packaged goods.

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