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Expansion of the zenon distribution network in Asia: COPA-DATA obtains new distributor for Japan

Effective immediately, Yokohama-based LINX R&D Corporation has become the new Japanese distributor for zenon, the software system developed by COPA-DATA. Founded in 1990, the corporation specializes in the distribution of state-of-the-art automation technology within Japan. In the process of distributing zenon, LINX will leverage its wide and well-established sales and partner network.

“We are delighted to be entering the Japanese market through our new distributor, LINX. Our zenon-based solutions are the perfect fit for a high-tech country like Japan. We believe that this market holds significant potential and hope to provide the experts at LINX with the best possible support,” says Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA.

Handshake_COPA-DATA_LINX_zenon_distributor_in_Japan: Kei Murakami, CEO of LINX (left) and Stefan Reuther, CSO of COPA-DATA, make the new partnership official with a handshake at COPA-DATA’s headquarters in Salzburg/Austria.Handshake_COPA-DATA_LINX_zenon_distributor_in_Japan: Kei Murakami, CEO of LINX (left) and Stefan Reuther, CSO of COPA-DATA, make the new partnership official with a handshake at COPA-DATA’s headquarters in Salzburg/Austria.

Several of LINX’s technicians have already received training in zenon, immediately putting them in a position to pass their knowledge on to customers and partners. What’s more, the first zenon projects have already been launched with a system integrator from Japan.

Experienced, networked, specialised
As a zenon distributor, LINX will exclusively market and distribute the software in the Japanese market in the future. LINX brings several years of experience as a distributor of automation solutions and machine vision systems to the partnership. In addition to its Yokohama headquarters, the corporation operates three sales offices in Japan. Technical training is conducted every month, ensuring that expertise is communicated quickly to project-leading partner companies. At the annual LINX Days event, more than 1,000 participants from partner and sales companies find out about the latest developments in industrial automation.

With the addition of LINX, COPA-DATA’s international sales network now encompasses 17 distributors worldwide. Their work, together with that of the eleven COPA-DATA subsidiaries, enables COPA-DATA’s software solutions to be sold in 60 countries. This sales network is supported by over 200 partner companies in the COPA-DATA Partner Community.

On COPA-DATA
COPA-DATA is the technological leader for ergonomic and highly dynamic process solutions. The company, founded in 1987, develops the software zenon for HMI/SCADA, Dynamic Production Reporting and integrated PLC systems at its headquarters in Austria. zenon is sold through its own offices in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as partners and distributors throughout the world. Customers benefit from local contact persons and local support thanks to a decentralised corporate structure. As an independent company, COPA-DATA can act quickly and flexibly, continues to set new standards in functionality and ease of use and leads the market trends. Over 100,000 installed systems in more than 90 countries provide companies in the Food & Beverage, Energy & Infrastructure, Automotive and Pharmaceutical sectors with new scope for efficient automation.

On zenon
zenon is a software system from COPA-DATA for industrial automation and the energy industry. Machines and equipment are controlled, monitored and optimized. zenon’s particular strength is open and reliable communication in heterogeneous production facilities. Open interfaces and over 300 native drivers and communication protocols support the horizontal and vertical integration. This allows for continuous implementation of the Industrial IoT and the Smart Factory. Projects with zenon are highly scalable.
zenon is ergonomic, both for the engineer and for the end user. The engineering environment is flexible and can be used for a wide range of applications. The principle of “setting parameters instead of programming” helps engineers to configure projects quickly and without errors. Complex functions for comprehensive projects are supplied out-of-the-box to create intuitive and robust applications. Users can thereby contribute to increased flexibility and efficiency with zenon.