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Outlook of the Global Automation Industry 

  • March 2016
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 52 pages

2016 Outlook of the Global Automation Industry : Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Technologies and Innovative Service Model Will Lead Market Growth

This automation outlook study provides a detailed market analysis of both process automation and discrete automation technologies. Strategic analysis is provided for key industry dynamics driving market growth and a vertical industry analysis. It offers an in-depth competition landscape as well as a global and regional analysis, and an outlook of emerging technologies that affect the global automation market. The study also analyzes the key technology trends for process and discrete automation, and their implications.

Top Predictions for 2016

The global automation industry is expected to grow %, from $ billion in 2015 to $ billion in 2016.

The process automation segment, which grew by % in 2015, is forecast to grow % in 2016, while the discrete automation segment, which grew by % in 2015, is expected to grow %

Oil price fluctuation continues to have a strong impact on upstream oil and gas projects, but midstream pipeline projects are registering robust growth. The overall impact of lowered crude oil price is estimated to result in a revenue loss of about $ million in 2016 in the global automation market.

An increasing number of successful pilot projects are likely to opt for more commercialization of smart sensors, intelligent machines, and advanced automation technologies, driven by Industry and smart manufacturing initiatives.

Electric power, chemicals and petrochemicals, life sciences, and food and beverage sectors are expected to lead process automation growth and register above-average growth rates of %, %, %, and %, respectively.
The semiconductor and electronics, automotive, and aerospace and defense industries are expected to lead discrete automation growth and to grow at %, %, and % respectively.

Top Trends for 2016

The managed services model dominates service revenue growth, with a growing role of managed cyber-security services, remote monitoring services, KPI-based plant data analytics services, and connectivity and convergence services.

Increased adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies is leading to major changes in plant-to-enterprise-level architecture, with evolving two-tier models compared to the traditional International Society of Automation (ISA) model of process automation.

The Everything-as-a-Service model is expected to grow in 2016 and beyond, with a concept of Product-as-a-Service (PraaS) where users need not own the actual product but can still use it on a pay-per-use model.
Technology advancements are blurring the line between process and discrete applications; as such, automation vendors of both segments are targeting each other’s markets.

The automation contractor model is gradually evolving from the present main automation contractor (MAC) to main automation and information contractor (MAIC) with increasing adoption of IIoT and digital technologies.

IIoT-based digital software platforms are expected to find acceptance among industrial companies for the application of Big Data, advanced analytics, and real-time monitoring to improve performance, process visibility, operations, and maintenance.

Table Of Contents

Outlook of the Global Automation Industry 

Executive Summary
1. Top Predictions for 2016
2. Top Trends for 2016
3. 2015 Global Automation Market—Actuals vs. Forecast


Research Scope and Segmentation
1. Research Scope
2. Market Segmentation—Process Automation
3. Market Segmentation—Discrete Automation
4. Currency Exchange Rates


Global Economic Outlook for 2016
1. Top Economic Trends for 2015
2. Top Economic Predictions: 2016
3. Top Predictions in 2016: Advanced Economies
4. Top Predictions in 2016: BRIC Nations
5. World Economic Snapshot: 2014-2016
6. Major Economies to Experience Uneven Growth in 2015-16
7. Slower Growth in Emerging Economies Will Dampen 2015-16 Outlook
8. World's 20 Largest Economies in 2015
9. World's 20 Fastest-Growing Economies in 2015 and 2016


Global Automation Outlook for 2016—Total Market
1. Global Automation Outlook for 2016—Regional Revenue Snapshot
2. Country Outlook—Developed vs. Developing Economies
3. Top 5 Global Automation Markets
4. Top 5 Global Automation Markets
5. Top 5 Industries for Global Automation Market
6. Top 5 Technologies for Global Automation Market


Global Automation Trends for 2016—Total Market
1. Global Automation Trends for 2016
2. Centralized to Distributed Co-ordinated Control
3. IT-OT Convergence
4. Convergence in Process and Discrete Automation Application
5. Everything-as-a-Service Model
6. Digital Software Platform for Industrial Application
7. Main Automation and Information Contractor (MAIC)
8. Main Automation and Information Contractor (MAIC)


Process Automation Outlook for 2016
1. Process Automation—Regional Outlook
2. Process Automation—Industry Outlook
3. Process Automation—Technology Outlook
4. Process Automation—Competition Analysis


Discrete Automation Outlook for 2016
1. Discrete Automation—Regional Outlook
2. Discrete Automation—Industry Outlook
3. Discrete Automation—Technology Outlook
4. Discrete Automation—Competition Analysis


Key Conclusions
1. Key Conclusions
2. Legal Disclaimer


1. Methodology

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