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Global Industrial Automation Market Outlook, 2018

Global Industrial Automation Market Outlook, 2018

The automation market experienced steady growth in 2017, as a result of a moderate investment climate. This research service provides key trends and predictions for the global automation industry in 2018, analyzing developments across end-user industries. The automation market is set for a paradigm shift due to digitalization in the end-user industries, as the verticals step up their investment patterns to concentrate on expanding existing plant capacity with modular equipment and digital technologies. Focus on portfolio consolidation through mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and partnerships will gain also prominence in 2018. The effect of such changes on the market has been analyzed in detail, along with other trends that are expected to transpire over the upcoming year, as organizations set to prepare for the future. The study highlights the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform offerings of major automation companies and provides a comprehensive comparison of the products and services. This automation outlook provides a detailed market landscape analysis of the key participants in process automation, hybrid automation, and discrete automation markets. It offers an in-depth outlook of key trends across end-user verticals that affect the global automation market with relevant use cases.

Research Scope
Market Type—Process industries, hybrid industries, and discrete industries
o Process industries: Oil and gas (O&G), power, chemicals and petrochemicals, water and wastewater, cement and glass, textile, rubber and plastic, metal fabrication
o Hybrid industries: Metals and mining, life sciences, food and beverages (F&B), pulp and paper
o Discrete industries: Automotive, machinery, semiconductors and electronics, aerospace and defense (A&D), printing, medical devices, packaging

Product Type—Distributed Control System (DCS), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), Process Safety System, Machine Safety Systems, Human-machine Interface (HMI), Variable Frequency Drive (VFD), Operator Training Simulators (OTS), Electric Motors, Sensors and Transmitters, Flowmeters, Valves, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Asset Performance management (APM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Region—North America (NA), Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LA)
Base Year—2017
Forecast Year—2018

Key Issues Addressed
What are the key factors that will influence the global automation market in 2018?
What are the key projections for the automation market segments?
What are the key trends in the end-user industries that will impact the automation market in 2018?
What are the key automation trends to watch for in 2018?
What are the growth opportunities in the automation market in 2018?


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings-Key Highlights of 2017
    • Top 18 Trends-Short Term
    • Top 18 Trends-Mid Term
    • Top 18 Trends-Long Term
    • Market Impact Analysis of Top 18 Trends
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • 2018 Global Automation Outlook-Regional Revenue Snapshot
    • Market Share Analysis
    • Industrial Automation-End-user Industry Outlook
  • Research Scope and Segmentation
    • Research Scope
    • Market Segmentation-Process Automation
    • Market Segmentation-Hybrid Automation
    • Market Segmentation-Discrete Automation
    • Definitions
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Industrial Automation Market: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2017
  • Global Economic Outlook for 2018
    • Top 2017 Economic Trends
    • Top 2018 Economic Predictions
    • Top 2018 Predictions-Advanced Economies
    • Top 2018 Predictions-Emerging Market Economies
    • World GDP Growth Snapshot
    • World's 20 Fastest-growing Economies in 2017 and 2018
  • Key Automation Trends to Watch
    • Era of IIoT Mainstream Adoption-Focus on ROI
    • Advanced Machine Learning-A Proactive Approach
    • Focus on Responsive Industrial Cyber Security
    • Cobots-A Game Changer for Manufacturers
    • Emergence of Cognitive Analytics-Industry Collaboration on AI
    • Intelligent Apps-A New Growth Opportunity for Developers
    • Augmented Reality-Business Ecosystem
    • Industry in Transition-Open Process Automation Systems
    • Blockchain in Industrial Space
    • Race to Triumph with Blockchain in Industrial Markets
    • Era of Edge Intelligence: 2017-2020
    • Edge Analytics-Vendor Analysis
    • Market Consolidation-Partnerships in Industry 4.0
    • Intense Focus on Bolt-on Acquisitions
  • End-user Trends-Process Industries
    • O&G-Key Trends
    • Investments-Upstream O&G
    • Case Study-O&G
    • Power-Key Trends
    • Investment-Power
    • Case Study-Power
    • Chemical and Petrochemical-Key Trends
    • Investments-Chemical and Petrochemical
    • Case Study-Chemical and Petrochemical
    • Water and Wastewater-Key Trends
    • Investments-Water and Wastewater
    • Case Study-Water and Wastewater
  • End-user Trends-Hybrid Industries
    • Metals and Mining-Key Trends
    • Revenue Trends-Metals and Mining
    • Case Study-Metals and Mining
    • Life Sciences-Key Trends
    • Revenue Trends-Life Sciences
    • Case Study-Life Sciences
    • Food and Beverage-Key Trends
    • Investments-Food and Beverage
    • Case Study-Food and Beverage
    • Pulp and Paper-Key Trends
    • Investments-Pulp and Paper
    • Case Study-Pulp and Paper
  • End-user Trends-Discrete Industries
    • Automotive and Transportation-Key Trends
    • Investments-Automotive and Transportation
    • Case Study-Automotive and Transportation
    • Aerospace and Defense-Key Trends
    • Investments-Aerospace and Defense
    • Case Study-Aerospace and Defense
    • Machinery-Key Trends
    • Investments-Machinery
    • Case Study-Machinery
    • Semiconductors and Electronics-Key Trends
    • Investments-Semiconductor and Electronics
    • Case Study-Semiconductor and Electronics
  • Process Automation Outlook for 2018
    • Process Automation-End-user Industry Outlook
      • Table Process Automation Market: Revenues by End-user Segment, Global, 2016-2018
    • Process Automation-Regional Outlook
    • Process Automation-Product Outlook
    • Process Automation-Competition Analysis
  • Hybrid Automation Outlook for 2018
    • Hybrid Automation-End-user Industry Outlook
      • Table Hybrid Automation Market: Revenues by End-user Segment, Global, 2016-2018
    • Hybrid Automation-Product Outlook
    • Hybrid Automation-Competition Analysis
  • Discrete Automation Outlook for 2018
    • Discrete Automation-End-user Industry Outlook
      • Table Discrete Automation Market: Revenues by End-user Segment, Global, 2016-2018
    • Discrete Automation-Regional Outlook
    • Discrete Automation-Product/Solution Outlook
    • Discrete Automation-Competition Analysis
  • Market Competition-Key Strategies of Top Automation Companies
    • Siemens-Strategy Outlook
    • ABB-Strategy Outlook
    • Emerson-Strategy Outlook
    • Rockwell Automation-Strategy Outlook
    • Honeywell-Strategy Outlook
    • Schneider Electric-Strategy Outlook
    • Yokogawa-Strategy Outlook
    • Total Industrial Automation Landscape
    • Bold Predictions for 2018
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunity 1-Partnership with IIoT Vendors
    • Growth Opportunity 2-Diversification into Electrification Products
    • Growth Opportunity 3-Focusing on Emerging Economies
    • Growth Opportunity 4-Promoting Open Source Controllers
    • Growth Opportunity 5-Value Shift from Hardware to Software and Services
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • Key Conclusions
    • Key Conclusions and Future Outlook
  • Appendix
    • Abbreviations and Acronyms Used
    • Partial List of Other Key Participants
    • Market Engineering Methodology

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