February 2008

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Economic expansion buoys call for programmable logic controllers in China

The Chinese programmable logic controllers (PLC) market is set for strong growth, driven by a vibrant and fast-growing economy that is giving high priority to establishing new factories and facilities..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Chinese programmable logic controllers (PLC) market is set for strong growth, driven by a vibrant and fast-growing economy that is giving high priority to establishing new factories and facilities and upgrading existing facilities. Increasing factory automation—as manufacturers constantly aim to enhance productivity and generate higher returns on investment—is another major driving force for the PLC market. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan (www.industrialautomation.frost.com), finds that these markets earned revenues of $541.4 million in 2006. The demand is estimated to reach over $1 billion in 2013. "China is becoming a hub for manufacturing activity for many reasons,

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