Metals Industry Automation and Software Expenditures

The Automation and Software Expenditures for the Metals Industry global market research study delivers current market analysis plus a five year market and technology forecast.

Metals Industry Expenditures Overview

Metals Industry TrendsThe metals industry still faces excess capacity in some areas, hampering expenditures.  Specialty steel and alloys, however, were exceptions, with continued investments.  Overall, capital expenditures began to flatten out in recent quarters.

Looking at the short-term developments and increasing revenues, ARC expects the investments to increase over the coming quarters.  Metals revenues are highly dependent on market prices, so with increasing commodity prices, ARC expects solid growth in this area.  However, neither investments nor capital expenditures are expected to reach 2011 levels within the forecast period.

Major Challenges for the Metals Industry

The excess capacities in the metals industry have increased the operational challenges, making operational efficiency key to profitability.  This includes improving energy efficiency, along with identifying poorly performing assets and quality issues.  Overall, the metals industry also faces more pressure from substitute products, such as composites in the aerospace and automotive industry, which increasingly replace aluminum and steel structures.  In response, metals companies are investing heavily in material science, with new materials introducing new challenges on the operational side, particularly when faced with tighter CapEx budgets.

Metals Industry Expenditures Study Formats and Editions Available

This market study may be purchased as an Excel Workbook.  The Workbook has some unique features such as the ability to view data in local currency. 

Worldwide Research Focus Areas


Competitive Analysis

  • Market Shares of the Leading Suppliers
  • Market Shares by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America

Market Forecasts and Histories

  • Total Shipments of Automation & Software Products and Systems to the Metals Industry
  • Shipments by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
  • Shipments by Product Type
    • Collaborative Production Management
    • Control Valves
    • DCS without SCADA
    • Enterprise Asset and Field Service Management
    • Flowmeters
    • General Motion Control
    • High Power AC Drives without Midrange
    • Human Machine Interface Software
    • Laboratory Information Management Systems
    • Low Power AC Drives
    • Plant Asset Management
    • Process Electrochemical Systems
    • Process Engineering Tools
    • Process Safety Systems
    • Programmable Logic Controllers
    • Real-time Process Optimization
    • Transmitters

Industry Participants

The research identifies all relevant suppliers serving this market. 

Representative End User Clients
Representative Automation Clients
Representative Software Clients