The OPC Foundation welcomes Inovance (China) as its 800th member


Strong OPC UA market adoption continues to drive record OPC Foundation membership growth.

Scottsdale, AZ – Dec 18, 2020 – The OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Inovance as the 800th OPC Foundation member. As a leading global provider of industrial automation solutions, Inovance uses agile production techniques and deep experience across all industry sectors to help companies establish and maintain industry-specific business units around the world. More than a products company, Inovance builds long-term partnerships with its customers providing them with access to world-class R&D and manufacturing and highly skilled engineering and industry-sector specialists.

Dr. Yang Lei, Director of Research and Development at Inovance, commented on the decision to join the OPC Foundation, “We are honored to join the OPC Foundation. OPC UA will play a significant role in our factory automation software and industrial Internet of things platforms.” Dr. Yang continued “This is an important step for Inovance as it helps us transform our automation solutions into digital transformation and intelligent factory solutions. The OPC UA standard is particularly attractive to us because it is system agnostic, has broad multi-function capabilities, and is secure. This enables us to integrate data from controllers, drivers, sensors and devices with our edge and cloud applications for data analysis – effectively enabling us to build network architectures that span every layer in in the factory.

Albert Zhang, Managing Director OPC China said, “As an international and a Chinese National Standard, OPC UA is well-positioned to contribute to the Made in China 2025 initiative. OPC UA enables China’s manufacturers to take advantage of IIoT era data interoperability in their own factories and helps make their automation products more competitive internationally.” Mr. Zhang continued “Inovance is a great example of a leading Chinese company truly taking advantage of what OPC UA has to offer. We welcome Inovance to the OPC Foundation and look forward to the OPC UA enabled products and solutions it will bring to the market.”

Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation, welcomed Inovance as an official member. “It is gratifying to see our membership grow to new heights. Today, I am particularly pleased to welcome Inovance, a Chinese company with truly global relevance across many industry verticals.” Mr. Hoppe explained, “Inovance is involved in an incredible number of markets that range from elevators, electric vehicles, and robotics to plastics, packaging, and steel production, to name a few. As a member, Inovance can now share its expertise by participating in OPC UA Companion Specification development efforts run by the OPC Foundation and other industry organizations. We look forward to the input that Inovance has to offer in helping make OPC UA interoperability technology more relevant to more industries than ever.”

About Inovance
The Inovance Group, founded in 2003, is a leading global provider of industrial automation solutions to OEMs and end users. Inovance is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, and has built a global network of offices and facilities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, India, South Korea, and China. Additionally, the company has a strong network of distribution partners covering all global regions including North and South America, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. Inovance’s R&D teams work closely with customers and are always challenged to deliver on the latest market requirements. In 2019, Inovance invested 11.6% of revenues in R&D, and (as of 2020) it employs 2,512 R&D engineers.
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About the OPC Foundation
Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation provides the best specifications, technology, process, and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable, interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The Foundation serves over 800 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors.
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Albert Zhang, Managing Director
OPC Foundation China

Stefan Hoppe
President and Executive Director
OPC Foundation