The demand from end users for factory automation and process optimisation has been one of the major drivers of growth in the motion controllers market in western Europe. The robust export order books of OEMs will also play a major role in the growth of the controllers market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (industrialautomation.frost.com), Western European Motion Controllers Markets, finds that these markets earned revenues of €1.44 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach €1.92 billion in 2013.
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“The market has grown due to end-user demand for factory automation and process optimisation, as well as OEMs’ robust export order books,” notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Suman Bhaskar. “The orders have come mainly from extensive infrastructural developments and the emergence of process industries in Asia, the Middle East and eastern Europe.”
This is expected to have a direct impact on the motion controllers markets and translate into a significant driving force. It is also important to note that technology has played an important role in market growth. Trends towards energy saving, the installation of real-time industrial communication networks and a growth in the number of PC-based controllers have all helped to sustain healthy growth rates.
Future trends appear optimistic, particularly in Spain and Germany, where there are no signs of market maturity owing to the high technology development. Increased spending by end users on optimisation, energy saving and flexibility of processes is expected to propel growth in the western European market for motion controllers.
Technologies such as real-time Ethernet are likely to enhance growth opportunities. However, with a greater number of customers looking for a one-stop shop for all their needs, the market will witness a shift in focus from individual components towards providing complete solutions and this trend is expected to positively influence the market.
“With an increase in demand for complete solutions, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to use their knowledge of local conditions to sustain and improve market shares,” explains Bhaskar. “As machines are becoming more complex and technological changes are occurring at a rapid pace, customers require better service and training.”
Customers are looking for better accountability of solutions and products available on the market. This can be achieved only by companies which have proven credibility, product quality good rapport with distributors and knowledge of the local market.
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