Automation Suppliers Limped to the Finish Line in Fourth Quarter 2012
Keywords: Automation, Quarterly Supplier Results, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Latin America, North America.
The worldwide automation market saw the second quarter in a row of lackluster growth, with just 1.2 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2012. While some suppliers enjoyed strong growth, most reported smaller revenue gains or, in some cases, revenue declines. Continued economic uncertainty in the US and Europe and more modest growth in China, once the engine of the automation market, help explain the slowdown. New order activity fell off significantly for some suppliers as the rebound effects from the global recession have waned and they convert their order books into revenues. However, suppliers still reported strong activity in the key power, oil & gas, and mining sectors, particularly in North America and Latin America.
Automation Suppliers Report Varying Degrees of Growth in Discrete and Process Sectors
Revenues and profits of the major automation suppliers continued to grow during the fourth quarter of 2012, though at dramatically slower rates than we witnessed in the quarters following the automation market's rebound from the effects of the global recession. Suppliers to the discrete industries saw essentially flat (0.5 percent) revenue growth; while process industry suppliers saw their revenues grow by 3.3 percent on average.
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