FDT Group increases to 60 members

Orlando, February 4, 2008: The FDT Group announces the addition of eight international companies to the membership of the non-profit organization just within the past year. New members include: Chevron (USA), Fuji Electric Systems (Japan), KW-Software (Germany), Metroval (Brazil), Rotork (UK), Topworx (USA), Wapice (Finland) and TU Dresden (Germany). This brings the total FDT Group Membership to a record 60 companies representing a significant cross section of the automation industry. The additional support of these seven companies significantly increases the global presence of the FDT Group, as the new members represent global diversity – located in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. This shows that FDT Technology is being increasingly accepted worldwide and that the FDT Group continues to be in an aggressive growth phase.

Chevron is the most recent major end user that demonstrates its support for FDT technology by adding its name and resources to the FDT Group. End users have a strategic role in the group as they ensure that the technology continues to meet the needs of their industry. Together with Shell and Saudi Aramco, Chevron will represent the interests and requirements of the Oil & Gas industry.

“After attending the recent FDT Technology Seminar in Houston, I now better understand how this technology can provide the significant edge we need to increase the reliability and performance of our operation”, says Deon Rae, Technical Team Leader, Process Control Systems, of Chevron. “We see FDT Technology becoming an important part of our strategic initiatives.” Flavio Tolfo, Managing Director of the FDT Group:

“We are very excited to have Chevron join the FDT Group. Their membership shows their interest in FDT Technology, making sure that it continues to meet the needs of Users worldwide,” says Flavio Tolfo, Managing Director of the FDT Group. “Our plan is to have our membership be a mix of users and suppliers to make certain that we continue to deliver the technology, capability and value that is truly needed in automation today and into the future.”

About the FDT Group AISBL
The FDT Group AISBL is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 60 leading process and factory automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and non proprietary interface for the integration of field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability.