The Fieldbus Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Fieldbus Foundation Southern African marketing committee (FFSAMC) to promote an increased awareness and adoption of Foundation technology throughout the Southern African region through promotional activities and a range of end user focused activities including training, technical support, trade show participation and end user seminars.
The FFSAMC was formally launched at an inaugural meeting held on October 25th 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was attended by representatives from ABB, Emerson Process Management/Alpret Control Specialists, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Metso Automation, MTL/Extech, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Hans Turck/RET Automation Controls, Weidmuller and Yokogawa. The meeting was also supported by Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President Fieldbus Foundation - EMEA Operations and Chairman, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee.
At the meeting, the FFSAMC elected the committee and named Paulo De Sousa Gomes (Yokogawa) as Chairman, Paulo Da Silva (Honeywell) as Vice-Chairman, Brandon Topham (Hans Turck/RET Automation Controls) as Treasurer, Hennie Blignaut (Endress+Hauser) as Secretary, Gary Friend (MTL/Extech) as training officer, and Vinesh Nundkishore (Emerson Process Management/Alpret Control Specialists) as communications officer.
Fully supported by the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC) and the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee, the FFSAMC will play an important role in promoting the primary value propositions of Foundation technology, which include process integrity, business intelligence and open, scaleable integration of information across process manufacturing plants.
The establishment of the FFSAMC was welcomed by Marc Van Pelt, "I am delighted that such an enthusiastic committee has been established in the Southern African region. The automation market here is in need of a broad range of local support - from basic introductory training in the benefits of a fieldbus system through to advanced implementation support." He continued, "Training and technical support will be the committee's primary focus and the committee is in the process of establishing a registered training institution to support the region's technical training needs."
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Top L-R: Dependra Ambelal, Vinesh Nundkishore, Steve Wynne, Ivan De Waal, Brandon Topham
Bottom L-R: Marc Van Pelt, Gary Friend, Paulo De Sousa Gomes, Mark Leutfeld, Mark Bracco, Rob Burns