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Florian Gueldner Brexit Scenarios for Manufacturing

So, it actually happened. The United Kngdom has voted to exit the European Union ("Brexit"). This ARC Insight addresses the potential impacts this will have on automation markets in the UK, the EU, and elsewhere. While some pundits believe that the impacts for European companies could exceed that of the 2009 crisis, ARC is less pessimistic. However, we think that the Brexit will hinder growth in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Overall, it is a difficult task to identify all the dynamics and even more so to quantify them. Here, we attempt to analyze the potential effects by geographic region, subject, and time frame (short- to long-term).

Harry Forbes Report from ExxonMobil Industry Day

On Monday June 27 ExxonMobil (XOM) and the Open Group conducted an “Industry Day” meeting for end users of process automation systems at the ExxonMobil RD&E Campus near Houston. ExxonMobil deliberately organized this meeting exclusively for process industry end users in order to further expose and discuss its ongoing automation development program. XOM stated that the purpose of the event was to “discuss a proposal for a standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture that will be delivered through a collaboration of end users, system integrators, suppliers, and a standards organization.”​​​