CLPA appoints first European member to Managing Board
LtoR: Jürgen Gutekunst, Vice President of the Business Unit Networking and Business Unit Systems at Balluff HQ in Neuhausen a.d.F. in Germany, receives the certificate from John Browett, General Manager of the CLPA in Europe.
Balluff has become the first European company to join the Managing Board of the CLPA (CC-Link Partner
Association) and will help steer the organisation in its plans for growth and development.
Balluff GmbH is one of the world's leading sensors and automation companies, headquartered in Germany with eight
production locations around the world and representation in over 50 countries. It is pursuing a long-term strategy of
adding value to its sensor products through connectivity and systems integration and joined the CLPA in 2008, partly to
aid its development in China and other Asian markets. Balluff was also an early supporter of the CLPA's "Gateway to
China" (G2C) programme, that helps European companies to increase their business in China and the rest of Asia by
using CC-Link as an enabling technology.
CC-Link is a high-speed, high-performance open automation network technology, which enables devices from numerous
manufacturers to communicate, resulting in a fast, deterministic control system. It is managed by the CLPA, the
organization of manufacturers and users of CC-Link technology, academics and other interested parties.
Jürgen Gutekunst, Vice President of the Business Unit Networking and Business Unit Systems at Balluff HQ in
Neuhausen a.d.F. in Germany, describes his vision for the future of the CLPA: "Being invited onto the CLPA Managing
Board is an opportunity that doesn't present itself every day! In this position we can actively help to shape the future of
both the CLPA and the development of automation."
John Browett, General Manager of the CLPA in Europe commented, "We are very pleased that Balluff has joined the
board of the CLPA. This is a substantial commitment that is not to be taken lightly. For a leading global business like
Balluff to take this step is further evidence of how CC-Link is strengthening its position in Europe and around the world."
Gutekunst says that to be a global player, you must be active in the 'big three' – Europe, the Americas and Asia – and
understand their differences. For instance, decentralization of automation is well-advanced in Europe and North America
and in Asia it will remain an important topic.
Sometimes, there are different routes to the same end, explains Gutekunst. For instance, a low wage region will not be
so focused on production efficiency until it begins exporting and must meet the requirements of its overseas' customers.
On a more immediate level, Gutekunst says Balluff is already integrating the open gigabit Ethernet-based network, CCLink
IE Field, in its distribution boxes. "As a member of the Managing Board, we intend to work together with the CLPA on
the market acceptance of this new generation of decentralised automation," he confirms.
Photo Caption: LtoR: Jürgen Gutekunst, Vice President of the Business Unit Networking and Business Unit Systems at
Balluff HQ in Neuhausen a.d.F. in Germany, receives the certificate from John Browett, General Manager of the CLPA in
As a leading, globally active sensor specialist and connectivity provider with more than 2,450 employees, the Balluff
Group offers a complete line of high-quality sensors, position measurement systems, RFID systems and industrial
networking solutions for all areas of factory automation. The company has been family-run for four generations and
invests a high percentage of its revenue in research and development.
It has production and development locations as well as 56 subsidiaries and representatives all over the world. High
delivery reliability and short distances to the customers are a matter of course. Production takes place not only at the
company headquarters in Neuhausen a. d. Fildern near Stuttgart, but also in modern production facilities in Hungary,
Switzerland, USA, Brazil and China.
"At Balluff we want to be involved in determining the future and in creating impetus for innovations. The same is true of
the CLPA, hence our delight at Board membership."
About the CLPA
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organisation with over 1,900 member companies worldwide.
The partners’ common objective is promotion and technical development of the family of CC-Link open network
technologies. Over 1,300 certified products are now available from over 270 manufacturers. CC-Link is the leading open
industrial automation network technology in Asia and is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the Americas. The
European headquarters is in Germany, with offices throughout the continent. The key details for CLPA’s Gateway to Asia
(G2A) can be found at the URL www.cc-link-g2a.com.
DMA Europa Ltd. : Nicola Bigmore
Tel: +44 (0)1562 751436
Fax: +44 (0)1562 748315
CLPA Europe : John Browett
Tel: +44-(0) 7768 338708
Fax: +49 (0) 2102-486-7170