Worldwide FOUNDATION fieldbus event to address expanding Asia/Pacific market


AUSTIN, TX, Nov. 3, 2005 < The Fieldbus Foundation today announced that its
annual General Assembly would be held in Shanghai, China, from February 28th
to March 1st, 2006. This year¹s event will address the needs of the
expanding FOUNDATION fieldbus market in China and Asia/Pacific, and will
feature an end user-oriented agenda that includes user case study
presentations, technical training workshops and tabletop exhibitions.

The Fieldbus Foundation selected Shanghai as the ideal location for this
year¹s General Assembly due to the high level of fieldbus technology
adoption by China¹s burgeoning industrial sector. Shanghai is a key center
for international trade and is located in one of China¹s fastest growing
economic regions. China is also the site of several of the world¹s largest
FOUNDATION fieldbus installations, including the SECCO and Nanhai
petrochemical complexes.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, the 2006
General Assembly will highlight the strong demand for FOUNDATION
fieldbus-based control solutions across the developing Pacific Rim. He
said, ³Study results from the ARC Advisory Group show that FOUNDATION
fieldbus is now the preferred technology for new fieldbus projects they be Greenfield or retrofit Singapore and other areas of Asia/Pacific, FOUNDATION fieldbus is the
industry standard technology specified for new plant automation projects.²

Timoney continued, ³FOUNDATION technology has made major inroads in China¹s
fast growing manufacturing industries. Chinese fieldbus projects account
for a significant share of all fieldbus installations worldwide. Therefore,
Shanghai is a perfect location for this year¹s General Assembly.²

The 2006 General Assembly will begin with a welcome reception on the evening
of February 28th, where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their
ideas for implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus with industry professionals and
technology experts.

The General Assembly program will feature workshops for process control
vendors, end users and contractors, focusing on the key issues of plant-wide
integration with FOUNDATION fieldbus. Attendees will receive valuable
information concerning fieldbus installations and advancements, together
with user case studies demonstrating the benefits of the technology.

The Fieldbus Foundation¹s annual business meeting will also be conducted as
part of the General Assembly.

Throughout the event, member companies will display their latest FOUNDATION
fieldbus field devices and host systems in a series of tabletop exhibits.

The full 2006 General Assembly agenda will be announced in the near future.

Registration information and complete agenda for the 2006 General Assembly
are coming soon. Please visit www.fieldbus.org for updates.

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
organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide
development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and
demonstrations, and enable product interoperability. Visit their web site
at www.fieldbus.org.

Dave Campbell
Industrysource
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Mesa, AZ 85210
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