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Fieldbus Foundation Establishes CIS&B Marketing Committee

Fieldbus Foundation Establishes CIS&B Marketing Committee
AUSTIN, Texas, August 3, 2007 - The Fieldbus Foundation established a marketing committee for the Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltics (CIS&B) region. The organisation, established in response to the accelerating demand for new automation technology within the CIS&B region, is made up of representatives of leading process automation companies and will promote the adoption of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology throughout the CIS&B market.

The Fieldbus Foundation CIS&B marketing committee (FF-CIS&B MC) was formally launched at a meeting held during the recent Moscow international oil and gas exhibition (MIOGE) held from June 26-29. The committee will organise a wide range of fieldbus-related activities, including training seminars, trade show displays, and end user demonstrations.

Companies participating in the committee include: Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, MTL/VSP, Pepperl+Fuchs, R. Stahl and Yokogawa, with additional direct support by two representatives of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee and a member of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC). The EMEA EAC is committed to ensuring that resources and materials are available to support the adoption of FOUNDATION technology within the CIS&B region.

At its inaugural meeting, the FF CIS&B MC named Dmitri Volkov (Emerson Process Management) as Chairman, Vladimir Frolov (VSP/MTL) as Vice-Chairman, and Alexander Makhmudov (Stahl) as Secretary.

Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President of Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations welcomed the establishment of the CIS&B marketing committee. "The market in the fifteen states that make up the CIS and Baltics region is dynamic and emerging. The demand for new automation technology in the region is strong and the Fieldbus Foundation is responding positively to the increasing adoption of FOUNDATION technology and the high growth projections as reported in the recent ARC Advisory Group market study." He continued, "This committee and its members will play an important role in promoting the primary value propositions of FOUNDATION technology, which include process integrity, business intelligence, and open and scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants."

In an immediate response to the market requirement for education and training, the committee has scheduled a series of educational seminars to be held across the region for end users, EPCs and consultants to learn more about the implementation of FOUNDATION technology. The seminars will address the economics of implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus with particular reference to the CAPEX and OPEX savings achievable; standards and interoperability; physical layer design process; project implementation; asset optimisation; open, scalable integration; process integrity and business intelligence. The first seminar will be held in Moscow, Russia during October 2007, the second in Kiev, Ukraine during November 2007, and the third in St Petersberg, Russia in February 2008.

The committee also has plans for additional seminars during 2008 and the establishment of an end user council (EUC) in the region to enable users of FOUNDATION technology to share their experiences and develop best practices.

Dmitri Volkov, CIS&B Marketing Committee Chairman, is looking forward to moving forward with the series of seminars, "There is great enthusiasm in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states to learn about how to apply digital technologies for maximum value. We are committing ourselves to work in partnership with consultants, engineering contractors and end users to apply FOUNDATION fieldbus for better business results."

The CIS & Baltics Region
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) comprises the following post-Soviet states - independent nations that split off from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in its breakup in 1991: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

The Baltic states include Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

About the Fieldbus Foundation
The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of a single, international, interoperable fieldbus. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organisations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability.
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