Fieldbus Foundation goes to Central, Eastern Europe

Oct. 3, 2008

Prague, Czech Republic, - The Fieldbus Foundation has established the Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) to promote an increased awareness and adoption of Foundation technology throughout the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region through a range of end-user focused activities, including training, technical support, trade show participation and end-user seminars.

The FFCEEMC will be responsible for marketing activities in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

The FFCEEMC was formally launched at an inaugural meeting held on September 2, 2008 ,in Prague, Czech Republic, which was attended by representatives from Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, Pepperl+Fuchs, Stahl and Yokogawa. The meeting was also supported by Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President Fieldbus Foundation - EMEA Operations, and Chairman Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee.

Also attending the meeting was Tibor Farkas, Chairman - Fieldbus Foundation
Hungarian Marketing Committee, who has been actively promoting Foundation technology throughout Hungary for several years. The newly formed FFCEEMC thanked Tibor Farkas and the Hungarian committee for all the work that has already been done in Hungary through its successful end-user seminars and participation at exhibitions and conferences. The Hungarian committee will continue to function, but will now be closely linked to the FFCEEMC.

At the meeting, the FFCEEMC elected the committee and named Juergen George(Pepperl+Fuchs) as Chairman, Jozef Schulcz (Yokogawa) as Vice-Chairman and Laszlo Marosi (Honeywell) as Treasurer.

Fully supported by the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC) and the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee, the FFCEEMC will play an important role in promoting the primary value propositions of Foundation technology, which include process integrity, business intelligence and open, scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants.

The establishment of the FFCEEMC was welcomed by Marc Van Pelt, "I am delighted that a committee has been formed that can build on the Hungarian Marketing Committee's achievements and take the benefits of Foundation technology to a broader audience throughout the whole Central and Eastern European region. The automation market across this region is diverse and rapidly evolving and, therefore, has a wide range of needs in terms of local support--from basic introductory training in the benefits of a fieldbus system through to advanced implementation support."