The CLPA, the organisation that governs and promotes the use of CC-Link, the leading open automation network in Asia, has announced support to help device and component manufacturers develop products with this 'must have' technology for sales in Asia on-board.
In order to qualify, businesses must meet certain criteria and commitments for developing devices. John Browett, General Manger of the CLPA says these qualifications "are not onerous and have only been put in place to make sure the funding is going to the right companies." The funding forms part of the CC-Link Partner Association's (CLPA) Gateway to Asia programme which includes China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India and other growing economies in the region.
Any manufacturing or software development company that is involved in producing products that are used in a manufacturing, processing or other automated environments and is planning on selling or exporting to Asia should be interested. There are currently over 12 million CC-Link devices installed around the world and that number is growing both in Asia and in Europe, so it is certainly a requirement for full access to those markets.
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organisation with over 2,100 member companies worldwide and a global network of offices in key markets to help achieve the partners' common objective of promotion and technical development of the family of CC-Link open network technologies. The CLPA will be calling eligible companies in Germany, Italy and the UK to discuss the G2A programme during the first quarter of 2014, but the support is open to any company, from any region that qualifies. All the key details and an application form can be found at funding.clpa.eu.