In order to answer the growing demand for one-stop support for PROFIBUS and PROFINET in important global economic regions, PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) has established regional organizations in India and Spain. PI Competence Centers are currently being established in both countries to provide support for technical issues. As a result, 27 national representatives will be supporting the interests of members in their respective countries around the world.
When establishing the dense international PROFIBUS and PROFINET network, special attention is given to the proximity to future growth markets. “India offers both short-term and long-term growth forecasts for automation technology", according to Jörg Freitag, PI Chairman. Based on information of the Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektronikindustrie ZVEI e.V. (the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association), India's importance to the electrical industry has increased significantly in recent years. As a result, the volume of the electrical market in India has reached more than 37 billion Euro.
The Indian RPA will be overseen by the UL Group located in Pune. “We are pleased that we have found an extremely competent partner in the UL Group that will support our efforts to disseminate our technologies in India,” explained Freitag. The company has established technical experts available on-site as well as branch offices in the most important trade centers in India. “The interests of Indian companies in PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies is extremely high,” confirmed Dileep Miskin, Director of the UL Group and responsible for the new RPA India.
With the RPA in Spain, PI is opening up a very important country in the European economic region. New members of the RPA include both Spanish subsidiaries of international firms as well as Spanish automation engineering companies. In particular, small- and medium-sized companies are benefiting from membership, as they are supported by local partners in carrying out marketing activities within Spain, thus enabling direct and straightforward contact with customers. The new RPA in Spain welcomed 17 industry representatives at its inaugural meeting. The statutes for the new organization are currently being drawn up for approval at the first General Meeting in June 2010.
Successful start for new PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET) organization in India
Jörg Freitag, PI Chairman, at the inaugural meeting of the RPA in Spain. (5th from left)