Automation fair, SPS Italia, to showcase CC-Link IE and CC-Link open automation network technologies

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is to exhibit for the first time at the automation exhibition SPS/IPC/Drives Italia (Parma, 24-26 May). This is part of an increase in promotional activity by the CLPA that recognises the importance of Italy in the European and world markets for automation devices and machine building.

CC-Link IE (industrial Ethernet) and CC-Link (fieldbus) are open industrial network technologies that have a leading share in the Asian market and hence are important tools for companies wanting to expand their business globally. In particular, Asia is believed to account for half of the global automation spend, so having CC-Link IE and CC-Link in a company's portfolio is becoming essential for global success.

CC-Link was originated by dominant Asian automation player Mitsubishi Electric Corporation before being transferred to the CLPA in 2000. The CLPA is now responsible for the further development and promotion of the technologies worldwide.

CC-Link IE is unique in being the only industrial Ethernet protocol currently available that offers gigabit bandwidth. Hence it is ideally positioned for Industry 4.0 applications where being able to share large amounts of data in real time is an essential requirement.

The CLPA booth is located in Hall 2, Stand E011 and will showcase solutions for a variety of industries as well as a working demo of a gigabit CC-Link IE network. The successful Gateway to Asia ("G2A") programme will also be highlighted. This is helping a wide variety of leading automation vendors increase their CLPA related business in Asia and is open to any CLPA member who offers certified devices. Italy has a strong, modern and growing engineering sector and according to Federmacchine, a federation of 12 Italian trade associations, growth is expected in the coming years. As well as Europe, regular destinations for Italian machinery include Russia, Africa and South America.

Mirroring the strength of Italian machine building, SPS Italia has grown steadily over the years, and 2016 is expected to surpass the 608 exhibitors and 23454 visitors of last year's event. It is a sister show to the German SPS/IPC/Drives automation fair in Nuremburg.

"Currently the CLPA has over 300 leading automation vendors worldwide offering over 1,500 products. By increasing our promotional activities in Italy, we believe that we can significantly increase this figure and hence bring even greater freedom of choice and application flexibility to users of our technology. SPS Italia will help to promote the opportunities that CLPA can deliver to the Italian device maker community and also explain the possibilities that CC-Link IE and CC-Link can offer to the machine building industry there." says John Browett, General Manager of CLPA Europe. "SPS Italia will build on other high profile events in Italy such as the first Industrial Ethernet Forum in Milan last October, which CLPA was proud to support."

About the CLPA

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organisation with over 2,500 member companies worldwide. The partners’ common objective is promotion and technical development of the family of CC-Link open automation network technologies. Over 1,500 certified products are now available from more than 300 manufacturers. CC-Link is the leading open industrial automation network technology in Asia and is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the Americas. The CLPA’s main initiative for Europe is the Gateway to Asia (G2A) programme, which helps European businesses develop their Asian business further. More details are at

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DMA Europa Ltd. : Anne-Marie Genth
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CLPA-Europe : John Browett
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Fax: +49 (0) 2102 532 9740

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