HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CHINA
Ladies and gentlemen: Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to PROFINEWS. I am honored to give this introduction on behalf of PI-China. As the China RPA (Regional PI Association), PI-China seeks to set up a neutral platform, serving the technical needs of local equipment manufacturers and end users, as well as academic institutes and universities, promoting PROFIBUS and PROFINET technology applications on the Chinese market.
PI-China has made significant progress in the past 3 years. We are happy to see that more and more Chinese customers show great interest in PROFIBUS and PROFINET, and take efforts to incorporate the technologies into their products. Starting with only 21 members three years ago, PI-China has quickly expanded to 91 members now, among which there are many famous names, including equipment manufacturers, end users and universities. And I am proud to say that all PI-China members have contributed significantly to the success of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in China.
The past year of 2013 was very fruitful. PI-China attended the two most influential industrial fairs – SIAF 2013 in Guangzhou, and CIIF 2013 in Shanghai. In addition, we held technical workshops and seminars for a variety of customers in a number of Chinese cities, e.g., Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing etc. A paper campaign on PROFINET technology was successfully implemented in 2013, and the result was promising for PROFIBUS and PROFINET in China. PROFIBUS is already highly accepted by the market; meanwhile PROFINET applications have increased quickly.
Another noticeable achievement of PI-China in recent years concerns standardization – a number of PI technical specifications and standards have been or will be equivalently adopted as Chinese national standards GB/T by SAC/TC124 (the mirror of IEC TC65 in China), including PROFIBUS DP, PROFIBUS PA, PROFINET IO, PROFIsafe, and PROFIdrive, and this formulates a relative complete framework for industrial field bus technology in the Chinese standards system.
In addition, PI-China has set up a number of Competence Centers in China, focusing on PROFIBUS DP/PA, PROFINET IO, PROFIdrive and PROFIsafe. We also have 2 PROFIBUS DP/PA test labs and one PROFIdrive test lab. It’s very gratifying to see that our PROFINET test lab obtained authorization from PI in Oct 2013, because this significantly reduces the R&D cost and time for local device manufacturers who can now obtain conformance and mutual operational tests and certificates domestically. Our local competence centers and test labs have also strengthened the confidence of customers that they can obtain the best quality services locally when choosing to use PROFIBUS and PROFINET.
In the year 2014, PI-China will take proactive measures to promote PROFINET in the Chinese market. In particular, PI-China will again hold PROFINET technical workshops in Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, and other Chinese locations, and interested customers are very much welcome. For further details, please contact the PI-China secretariat.
Ladies and gentlemen, again I would like to use this opportunity to express my sincere best wishes to all of you on behalf of PI-China. It is in no doubt that we have a very promising marketing future for PROFINET. Please let’s work together, and devote ourselves to realize our dream. Happy Chinese New Year to you and your families. Thank you.
Executive Chairman, PI-China