ARC Automation Index Q1 and Q2 2013
Keywords: Automation, Discrete Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Automation.
ARC's Automation Index showed a poor performance in 2012 for most global regions. The first half of 2013 did not change much in this respect. After new orders contracted in Europe during the first two quarters of 2013, many early economic indicators now point upwards. In Asia, China and India markets developed poorly in 2012; while Japan was a bright spot although the strong Yen made Japanese goods expensive. In the first two quarters of 2013, Asian markets as a whole performed weakly but emerging Asia, China and India are on a growth path again. The negative influence on the index mainly comes from Japan, which is now facing problems in competitiveness due to its strong Yen. In North America, new inexpensive energy and feedstock sources and a new focus on manufacturing inject new life into several industrial segments. This makes North America a bright spot in the Automation Index and ARC expects a stable positive development.
In this latest report on the ARC Automation Index, we will focus on several European countries and give deeper insight into different Asian regions. This should enable the reader to establish a sense of what is driving the economy and automation market in those countries and regions. Once again, we've also included different scenarios for each world region to provide an indication of how the automation markets might develop given specific circumstances.
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