The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) presented the specification of the POWERLINK communication profile as the national standard GB/T 27960-2011. This makes POWERLINK the only industrial Ethernet protocol to comply with the highest authorized standardization level for communication technologies in China.
As a Chinese recommended industrial standard, GB/T must meet several requirements. It must be fully open technology, widely used and standard technology in the world and not subject to any country or company. There also needs to be a test and certification institution in China, which opened in 2011. Of the more than 80 renowned member companies in various industries of the Ethernet POWERLINK Association China, more than 15 already supply products with a POWERLINK interface, 30 more are under development.