Endress+Hauser and Smar Announce Strategic Technology Alliance

Endress+Hauser, the Swiss-based instrumentation and automation manufacturer, and SMAR, the Brazilian-based instrumentation company specialized in field communication, announced that they will cooperate strategically in the area of field communication technologies. The two companies have already been working together on Foundation Fieldbus solutions. Under the alliance the two companies will develop together products that they will sell independently in the market. The two private companies remain autonomous and independent.

Within their strategic technology alliance SMAR and Endress+Hauser will focus the scope of their cooperation to field communication in general, including Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, Hart and other standardized technologies in order to provide open solutions to their customers. Both companies have a tradition of stressing open connectivity from field devices to control architecture and the MES (Manufacturing Execution System).

SMAR is recognized as the pioneer with the most advanced software and hardware technologies in Foundation Fieldbus. Endress+Hauser has the widest range of Profibus PA, Hart and Foundation Fieldbus instruments on the market.

"Foundation Fieldbus is one of the most important digital communication bus standards used in Process Automation plants today", says Klaus Endress, CEO and the Endress+Hauser group’s chief operating officer. "The great experience that SMAR has in Foundation Fieldbus in particular will strengthen the range of process automation solutions that we can offer to our customers worldwide."

"We can draw on the experience with many thousands of digital instruments operating in Fieldbus Foundation controlled process loops", stresses SMAR’s President Edmundo Gorini. "Endress+Hauser is an ideal partner for SMAR. Our cooperation will result in advanced Foundation Fieldbus solutions being available to a broad range of customers who will benefit from this top technology as well as from an extended range of open communications solutions for the market".

About Endress+Hauser

The Endress+Hauser Group was founded by Georg H. Endress and Ludwig Hauser in 1953 and is completely owned by the Endress family today. It belongs to the top bracket of suppliers of measurement instruments and automation solutions for process engineering (among others, for the chemical and petrochemical industry, pharmaceuticals, foods, water and waste water, paper, energy, oil and gas) as well as high-quality printed circuit boards world-wide. Today, the Group comprises 24 production companies in 9 countries, 42 sales and service distributors / representatives in 37 countries as well as 7 management companies. The Group is led by a holding company domiciled in Reinach (Switzerland). In 2000, total sales of Endress+Hauser amounted to 1.149 billion Swiss francs (EUR 738 million). The Group employed a staff of 6210 at the end of 2000.

Endress+Hauser is the market leader or belongs to the five biggest suppliers in the areas of level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement, tank gauging as well as industrial analysis. Competent sales and services have been dependably established in every country of the world.

About SMAR

SMAR is a 26 years old, 720 employees and US$51 million turnover company working in the field of instrumentation and solutions for process control and manufacturing automation.

Originally based in Brazil SMAR is today directly present in 8 countries and worldwide through an extensive network of distributors and representatives.

SMAR has historically heavily invested in R&D having pioneered many of the technologies available today in the market. This is consolidated in a broad offering that includes Hart, Profibus and Foundation Fieldbus instruments and solutions.

Since 1992 the company has put strong efforts to develop and establish its powerful Fieldbus based System302 resulting in more than 400 commercial installations throughout the world.

SMAR also leads the "Fieldbus Foundation technology provider business" along with system integration based upon an extensive basket of own field devices, interfaces, integrated circuits and software.

For more information

Visit: www.endress.com and www.smar.com

Or contact

Mr. Dieter Schaudel, Endress+Hauser at dieter.schaudel@holding.endress.com

Or contact

Mr. Edmundo Gorini, SMAR at egorini@smar.com.br