China's ongoing industrial development is set to be one of the main driving forces behind global growth for decades to come; market accessibility is therefore vital to many automation companies' growth prospects. The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has put together the "Gateway to China" (G2C) programme using its strong presence in the region to support and enable greater European participation.
The G2C programme is being supported by fourteen key European CLPA partners (3M, ABB Robotics, Balluff GmbH, Bihl+Wiedemann GmbH, Cognex, Datalogic S.p.A., Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation mbH, HMS Industrial Networks, IDEC Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Pepperl + Fuchs GmbH, Pro-face Europe B.V, WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG and Weidmüller's Ethernet infrastructure business unit).
John Browett, CLPA Acting General Manager explains further.'CC-Link has become a de-facto standard in many Asian industries, with the majority of the flat panel display industry using CC-Link for example. The CLPA is using its strength in Asia to help European device manufacturers develop and promote CC-link enabled products that will find far greater market acceptance in China. As a well supported open-standard it also has a far higher potential for growth in the future, as many partner companies have already recognised.'
Twenty years from now global manufacturing will be unrecognisable. Technology, particularly control engineering, will have advanced massively, and just as significantly; its geographic distribution will be completely reordered. The long term result is that manufacturing will become truly global in terms of distribution and connectivity. And the focus of this globalization is China.