The global programmable logic controller (PLC) and PLC-based
programmable automation controller (PAC) market declined
significantly across all regions of the world in 2009. The
market declined in emerging economies as well, but the decline
was much less severe in those regions due to substantial
infrastructure stimulus funding, fewer financial institutional
issues and a more rapid turnaround in local consumer demand for
goods and services. While it is difficult to view any market
growth through the lenses of the recent economic environment,
there are many dynamics that will drive market growth over the
next five-year forecast period.
Industries will continue to invest in automation. As a
result, the worldwide market for PLCs and PLC-based PACs is
expected to grow over the next five years.
Growing demands for energy savings, higher
infrastructure productivity, increased production accuracy,
better product quality, greater machine agility, tighter
process control and additional safety are some of the crucial
factors that will fuel market growth, according to
Himanshu Shah, a senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group.
New stimulus packages from various governments added more
investments in the infrastructure industries, including new
road construction, water and wastewater
infrastructure and electric power generating plants.
Globalization has also created a large demand for modern
infrastructure, especially in emerging economies. Airport facilities and new road construction are driving demand for
products from the oil and gas and metals and mining industries.
Emerging economies know that their current infrastructure is a
huge bottleneck for their continuing high economic growth. PLCs
and PLC-based PACs will benefit in this environment as it is a
key component for any infrastructure development and
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the largest PLC
and PLC-based PAC market, was particularly hit the hardest
compared to other world regions.
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