The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has opened a regional office in Turkey in conjunction with major local automation supplier GTS, complementing those opened in Poland and the Ukraine in late 2007.
CLPA's decision to open the office in Turkey follows increasing CC-Link usage in the country and wider region. Sales were originally driven by demand from large Japanese and other Asian companies that have built factories in Turkey. This has now widened to encompass other manufacturers, including Pirelli, which uses CC-Link throughout it largest tyre production facility.
According to CLPA, CC-Link now commands 10 per cent of the world's marketplace, making it the second or third largest industrial fieldbus available. In the Asian market, it is said to be dominant, with more than 50 per cent market share.
Steve Jones, CLPA's General Manager for Europe, comments: "CC-Link's market position in Asia has provided a firm foundation for global growth. Its increasing use in Europe is surpassing all expectations. More and more automation manufacturers are making CC-Link interfaces and end users are increasingly specifying CC-Link."
GTS has taken on the role of CLPA's Promotion Partner for Turkey. The initial focus of the new office is to expand CC-Link knowledge in Turkey and provide local-language CC-Link services. As well as users, the office will develop links with the technical, universities and colleges, and various trade industry and government bodies
Turkey's manufacturing base is both modernising and growing rapidly, fuelled partly by the development of its economy and education system and partly by its geographic position, generating export success with several regions.