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Chemicals 4.0—The Era of Digital Process Production

Chemicals 4.0—The Era of Digital Process Production

The objective of this study is to identify strategic opportunities for chemical manufacturers by extensively analyzing multiple routes toward expansion of their current product and service portfolios. It offers holistic analysis of both current and future trends and their implications on the chemical manufacturers in the light of economic uncertainty and rapidly changing end-user requirements. With cost reduction and production efficiency being the critical goals for several manufacturers, IIoT-based technologies offer greater control and visibility across the plant and business operations. The research service also discusses the various facets involving IT-OT convergence, deployment of intelligent automation and process control systems, and the need for communication gateways to transform into digital chemical plants.

With 2016 as the base year, the study provides estimates of the market size and future growth prospects up to 2022. For this purpose, a specific methodology is followed that includes discussions with senior management of automation and chemical manufacturers and secondary research.

Key Target Audience
The key target audience includes:
• Automation and process control companies
• Global manufacturers of commodity and specialty chemicals
• IT solution providers (data center management, cloud services, analytics)
• System integrators
• Global manufacturers of commodity and specialty chemicals

Research Scope
• Analysis of the current manufacturing approach and mindset toward investment in technologies offering advanced capabilities
• In-depth analysis of the key automation and IIoT technologies, outcome of adopting these advanced technologies and solutions, and their implications on chemical processing
• Regional perspective on the changing demand pattern across advanced and emerging markets: North America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; Asia-Pacific; and Rest of the World
• End-user perspective on various critical requirements and the challenges faced by chemical manufacturers while upgrading their existing plants
• Examples of various initiatives supporting IIoT and discussions on the benefits of IIoT adoption

Chemical manufacturers are striving to retain their market position and customer base in a cyclical environment. A large portion of their strategic efforts is focused on achieving production efficiency, reducing risk, promoting safety, and reducing operations-related cost. IIoT plays a pivotal role in addressing these critical challenges across the value chain right from manufacturing and product innovation to supply chain and customer services. It also supports manufacturers in focusing on the discovery of blockbuster chemical products that the industry is currently falling short of.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer
• What is the current scenario in the chemical manufacturing arena? What are the major challenges faced by the manufacturers?
• What are the market opportunities and drivers? What are some of the strategic approaches that help in translating these opportunities followed to achieve higher growth?
• What is the role of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the chemicals industry? How receptive are chemical manufacturers toward these technologies? What are some of the investments made in this domain?
• What are the important IIoT-based technologies and how do they transform the value chain in chemical manufacturing? What are the key benefits achieved through their adoption?
• How will advanced automation and IIoT-based technologies help in reducing cost and increasing production volume?


  • Executive Summary
    • Chemicals Industry-Key Findings
    • Chemicals 4.0-Transition toward Digital Chemical Plants
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-A Frost & Sullivan Perspective
    • IIoT-Emerging Themes in the Industrial Environment
    • IIoT-Key Attributes of a Smart Factory
    • Frost & Sullivan-s Value Proposition in IIoT
  • Research Scope, Objectives, Background and Methodology
    • Research Scope and Objective
    • Market Definitions
    • Research Aims and Objectives
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Chemicals 4.0-Economic Perspective
    • Chemicals Industry-Global Perspective
      • Table Chemicals Industry: Revenue Forecast, Global, 2005-2020
    • Chemicals Industry-Roadblocks to Sustainable Growth
    • Chemicals Industry-Key Opportunities and Trends
    • Chemicals Industry-Capital Spending
      • Table Chemicals Industry-Capital Spend, Global, 2010-2020
    • Global Overview-Government Policies and Regulations
    • Chemical Regulatory Bodies-Key Organizations
  • Chemicals 4.0-Regional Perspective
    • Regional Perspective-North America
      • Table Chemicals Industry: Revenue Forecast,North America, 2001, 2016 and 2031
    • Regional Perspective-Europe
      • Table Chemicals Industry: Revenue Forecast, Europe, 2001, 2016 and 2031
    • Regional Perspective-Asia-Pacific
      • Table Chemicals Industry: Revenue Forecast, Asia-Pacific, 2001, 2016 and 2031
    • Regional Perspective-Rest of the World
      • Table Chemicals Industry: Revenue Forecast, Rest of the World, 2001, 2016 and 2031
  • Chemicals 4.0-Demand-based Product Portfolios
    • Chemicals-Global Segment Performance
    • Product Mix-Focus on Specialty Chemicals
    • Chemicals Industry-Basic and Specialty Chemicals
  • Chemicals 4.0-Evolution of Smart Chemical Manufacturing
    • Chemicals 4.0-IIoT Resolving Industry Challenges
    • Chemicals 4.0-Obstacles Faced in the Value Chain
    • Chemicals 4.0-Digital Connectivity and its Benefits
    • Chemicals 4.0-Investment toward IIoT Technologies
      • Table Chemicals Industry: Capital Spend toward Key Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Technologies, Global, 2015-2022
      • Table Chemicals Industry: CAGR by IIoT Technologies, Global, 2016-2022
  • IIoT in Global Chemicals Industry-Technology Trends
    • Smart Cabinet Marshalling
    • Smart Cabinet Marshalling-Case Example
    • Emerging Technological Solutions-Quality by Design
    • Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI)
    • EMI-Case Example
    • Pervasive Sensing
    • Pervasive Sensing-Case Example
  • IIoT in Global Chemicals Industry-Industrial Cyber Security
    • Industrial Cyber Security-Chemical Processing
    • Roadmap for Secured Chemical Operations
  • IIoT in Global Chemicals Industry-SWOT Analysis
    • Chemical Processing-SWOT Analysis
  • IIoT in Global Chemicals Industry-Digital Plant: Use Cases
    • BASF-RECOBA
    • Evonik-Predictive Maintenance
    • Sinopec-Investment toward Digital Transformation
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • 5 Major Growth Opportunities
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • The Last Word
    • Future of Chemical Manufacturing
  • Appendix
    • Chemical Investments-Project Mapping

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