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Fieldbus Foundation Establishes India Marketing Committee

ff_bangaloreBangalore, India, May 23 2007- The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the establishment of an India marketing committee. The organisation, which is made up of representatives of leading process automation companies, will promote adoption of Foundation fieldbus technology throughout the Indian market.

Meeting on a monthly basis, the Fieldbus Foundation India Marketing Committee (FFIMC) aims to organise a wide range of fieldbus-related activities, including training seminars, trade show displays, and end user demonstrations.

Fieldbus Foundation Marketing Manager Bill Tatum called the establishment of the India marketing committee "proof that Foundation fieldbus is in strong demand in one of the world's fastest growing industrial regions."  He said, "The location of our new India Marketing Committee is key, since the ARC Advisory Group has determined that the BRIC countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India and China, will have an estimated fieldbus CAGR of 32 percent. This committee and its members will play an important role in promoting the primary value propositions of Foundation technology, which include process integrity, business intelligence, and open and scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants."

The Fieldbus Foundation India Marketing Committee was formally launched at a meeting held on May 23rd at Chancery Pavilion in Bangalore, India.  Companies participating in the committee include: ABB, Baliga-Kerpen, Belden, Chemtrols-Fuji/Eckardt, Chino-Laxsons-Smar, Dresser Valves, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Joseph Leslie Drager, Larson & Toubro-Hima, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, R. Stahl, Rockwell Automation, Turck, and Yokogawa.

At its inaugural meeting, the FFIMC named representatives to a pro-tem committee that will oversee the group until the formal election of steering committee members.  Pro-tem committee representatives include: Thampy Mathew, Pepperl+Fuchs, chairman; Ramesh Babu, MTL, vice-chairman; Suhas Bhide, Emerson Process Management, secretary; and A. Dasgupta, Yokogawa, treasurer.

The initial activity of the FF-IMC will be staging Foundation fieldbus educational events for end users, EPCs and consultants in Mumbai and Delhi, India, during the last week of August 2007.



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