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"Copa-data" Intensifies Business in U.S. Automation Market with the Opening of New Subsidiary

(Princeton, New Jersey, Nov. ) -- COPA-DATA, a leading European independent software vendor and automation expert, continues on its course of international expansion with a newly established subsidiary, COPA-DATA USA Corporation, located in Princeton, New Jersey. COPA-DATA USA will be focused on supporting existing business partners, expanding business throughout North America, and creating greater awareness of COPA-DATA's innovative HMI/SCADA software, zenon®.

COPA DATA has had a presence in the U.S. market for years now with major companies, such as Coca-Cola and BMW, choosing to zenon® for their U.S. operations. The software manufacturer recognizes the U.S. automation industry as a key market that requires local, hands-on attention that the establishment of the Princeton subsidiary will be able to offer its U.S. customers. Thomas Punzenberger, CEO and founder of COPA-DATA, commented, “Our goal is to offer the highest level of service and accessibility to all of our customers worldwide in order to address their specific local business needs.”

COPA-DATA has named Rainer Michelis as the Managing Director of COPA-DATA USA. Mr. Michelis is a committed professional with a strong technical and business background including over ten years experience in international business development. "Now more than ever, businesses demand proven and cost-effective solutions to optimizing their production process," Michelis commented. “zenon® surpasses those needs and many others that the U.S. automation market has for sophisticated and innovative HMI/SCADA technology." Mr. Michelis will be supported in the Princeton office by a team of dedicated professionals in technical support, sales and marketing.

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About zenon®
zenon® is an easy-to-use and powerful HMI/SCADA software package for industrial automation that offers simple object-oriented engineering, full compatibility from the terminal to the control room and a high level of security. Its openness allows for quick and efficient connections to any hardware or software. zenon® delivers perfect performance on industrial PCs as well as on any other hardware running Windows CE and features a powerful editor that reduces engineering time by using automatic engineering wizards that efficiently reuse graphics and control elements. Over 70,000 zenon® systems have been installed worldwide in industries such as pharmaceutical, food and beverage, energy, automotive, construction and manufacturing, and water treatment.

Located in Princeton, New Jersey, COPA-DATA USA Corp. is a subsidiary of COPA-DATA GmbH, a leading innovator for HMI/SCADA software based in Salzburg, Austria. COPA-DATA has been developing HMI/SCADA technologies since the mid 1980s and introduced zenon®, the first graphic visualization system to run on Microsoft Windows.
In addition to the United States, COPA-DATA has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and the Middle East with distribution and integrator partners throughout the world. The company currently employs more than 140 staff worldwide and has an impressive list of clients including such companies as Coca-Cola, BMW and DuPont.

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