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An Exploratory Review of the Region's Top 3 High Growth Mining Countries

This research service provides an exploratory analysis of the automation and control solutions (ACS) market within sub-Saharan Africa's mining industry. The analysis has been done for the period 2009–2019. Three sub-Saharan Africa countries—Ghana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe were selected based on growth and development of these countries' mining industries during the period under review. The above mentioned countries have announced plans to attract foreign investment to develop their respective mining industries. Rising foregin investment within the sub-continent's mining industry is expected to create sizeable opportunities for equipment suppliers, including ACS manufacturers.

Executive Summary

• This research service provides an exploratory analysis of the automation and control solutions (ACS) market within sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) mining industry from 2009 to 2019.
• Three sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) were selected for this exploratory study based on the growing mining industry in these countries.
• These chosen countries have planned expansion and upgrade projects during the forecast period, which will increase the usage of automation solutions.
• In terms of revenue, the ACS market within sub-Saharan Africa’s mining industry amounted to $ million in 2012.
• Programmable logic controller (PLC) solutions account for the bulk of sub-Saharan Africa’s ACS market revenue, as they are the preferred ACS technology.
• Modern day PLCs have added functionalities which allow them to operate as small to medium sized distributed control solution (DCS) systems.
• PLCs are, therefore, expected to continue to account for the majority of product purchase types during the forecast period.
• ACS demand is linked to the sector’s expenditure on mining expansion and upgrade. The larger the scale of targeted projects, the greater the need for automation technologies.
• By 2019, the ACS market within sub-Saharan Africa’s mining industry is anticipated to be valued at $Xmillion.
• Key drivers within the mining industry include an increase in FDI into the mining industry and increased demand for commodities globally.

CEO’s Perspective

1. The ACS market within sub-Saharan Africa’s mining industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of X%.
2. PLC, DCS, and human machine interface (HMI) purchases will account for the bulk of the regional mining industry’s ACS purchases between 2012 and 2019.
3. Key country markets in terms of revenue include Ghana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
4. In addition to product innovation, understanding client needs through supply of quality products and service support are key revenue growth factors.
5. An established country presence will be a key competitive advantage for ACS suppliers wanting to enhance their market position within SSA’s mining industry.

Market Overview—Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa’s Mining Industry

Tanzanian Mining Industry
• The mining industry contributes about X% to the GDP.
• It was valued at $X billion in 2012, contributing X% to export receipts.
• It is the only country in the world producing tanzanite.
• It is the fourth largest gold producer in Africa at aroundX tonnes per year.
• Other minerals with significant output in Tanzania include copper, diamonds, and rubies.

Ghanaian Mining Industry
• The mining industry contributes about X% to the GDP.
• It was valued at $X billion in 2012, contributing X% to export receipts.
• It is the second largest gold producer in Africa.
• Other minerals with significant output in Ghana include bauxite, manganese, aluminium, and diamonds.

Zimbabwean Mining Industry
• The mining industry contributes about X% to the GDP.
• It was valued at $X billion in 2012, contributing X% to export receipts.
• It is the fifth largest gold producer in Africa.
• It is the third largest producer of platinum, globally.
• Other minerals with significant output in Zimbabwe include diamonds, coal, platinum, nickel, and iron ore.

• Ghana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are endowed with vast mineral resources and contribute significantly to sub-Saharan Africa’s economy.
• Between the three countries, more than X minerals are mined, with the most significant being gold, diamonds, coal, platinum, and nickel.
• Of the three countries profiled, Ghana is the largest producer of gold, accounting for X% of the total production within Africa, in 2012.
• Ghana is also the second largest gold producing economy in Africa, after South Africa, while Tanzania is the fourth, with an estimated contribution of X% in 2012.
• Zimbabwe is ranked fifth in terms of gold production and the country contributed an estimated X% to the total production within Africa in 2012.
• While comparing these three profiled countries with other African mining economies, South Africa is the most sophisticated with a well diversified and developed mining industry. Therefore, it contributes the most to the country’s GDP.
• The demand for ACS technologies within SSA’s mining industry is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period.
• Africa is expected to grow at X% per annum in the next five years owing to better economic governance and political stability.
oPolitical stability and effective economic governance create conducive investment environments, especially, with some of Africa’s mining ventures becoming more bankable in the last few years.
• The mining industry will also be instrumental in the growth of the African economy as increasing amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) makes way into the continent.
• The infrastructure deficit in Africa has traditionally been the main bottleneck in the development of the mining industry.
oIn the next Xyears, the mining industry is expected to grow, as more investment is poured into this area of need.
• Key ACS technologies installed within SSA’s mining industry include distributed control solutions (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA), human machine interfaces (HMI) and to a certain extent manufacturing execution systems (MES).
• As the African mining industry expands, the demand for automation technologies will grow.
• Most mining developments in Africa are new ventures and there is a high likelihood that these ventures will be automated and installed with current technologies.
• The study endeavors to provide an up-to-date analysis of SSA’s ACS market within the mining industry, including the identification of key country markets and discussing key projects and their impact on future ACS demand.

Key Questions this Study Will Answer

Is ACS demand within SSA’s mining industry growing and at what rate will it continue to grow during 2012 and 2019?
From a supplier perspective, what are the region’s demand trends and key end-user countries?
Which factors are driving growth and progression of the ACS market within SSA’s mining industry?
Are the products/services offered today, meeting customer needs or is additional development needed?
Between 2013 and 2019, will the ACS market within SSA’s mining industry be exposed to the risk of greater consolidation through mergers and acquisitions?
What strategies should existing and potential suppliers adopt to sustain market success between 2013 and 2019?

Table Of Contents

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Automation and Control Solutions Market in the Mining Industry: An Analysis of the Top 3 Countries
Table Of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total ACS Market in the Mining Industry
o External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
o Forecast and Trends
4. Ghana Breakdown
5. Tanzania Breakdown
6. Zimbabwe Breakdown
7. The Last Word
8. Appendix

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