Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PLC-based Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs)

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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PLC-based PAC Market Research study delivers current market analysis plus a five year market and technology forecast. The study is available in multiple editions including worldwide, all regions, and most major countries.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Market Is Growing Strongly, But Outlook Is Worrisome

PLC refers to general-purpose programmable logic controllers, based on either proprietary or open technologies that accept digital and analog inputs and provide digital and analog outputs for control.  A focus on real-time control and functional design differentiates a PLC from an industrial PC (IPC). 

The scope of this report includes the controller, bundled and unbundled I/Os sold by PLC vendors, operator panels, as well as software and services. 

The year 2017 was the best year in terms of growth since 2011, which was characterized by the recovery of the financial crisis.  In 2017, the market was pushed by discrete.  In 2018, this growth will continue but at a slower pace, before there is a considerable slowdown in 2019.

On the other side, there are the process industries.  Most have not yet recovered from the slowdown, which started in 2015 and was caused by a slump in oil prices and an oversupply and consolidation in many other markets.  Over the last quarters, we have seen recovery in these sectors and we expect a positive 2018 and 2019 in many of these markets, counterbalancing the downturn in the discrete industries.

While all this sounds perfect, there are now dark clouds on the horizon.  Selected machinery segments are already slowing down, indicating a contraction in selected markets in 2018 and 2019. 

The year 2019 can be a year of great shakeups again, and market participants need to prepare.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Strategic Issues 

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Market ForecastThe report targets OEMs, users, and suppliers to make strategic decisions, whether it is selecting a supplier, making go-to-market strategies, or understanding long run and current trends.  The report features:

  • Buyer Strategies
  • Supply Side Strategies
  • Historical Trends and Analysis
  • Analysis of Market Shares and Suppliers
  • Factors for Growth
  • Inhibitors to Growth
  • Economic Trends

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PLC and PLC-based PAC Study Formats and Editions Available

This market study may be purchased as an Excel Workbook and/or as a PDF File.  The Workbook has some unique features such as the ability to view data in local currency.  Regional studies include country and industry market data.  Country studies include market trends and industry data.  Studies and formats available are listed below:

MIRA Workbook PDF File
Worldwide (includes regional data) Yes Yes
North America (includes country data) Yes No
Latin America (includes country data) Yes No
Europe, Middle East, Africa (includes country data) Yes No
Asia (includes country data) Yes No
Country Profiles (includes Country Data) No Yes

Countries included in each region.

Table of contents for these studies is shown in the following paragraphs.

Worldwide Market Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

  • Major Trends
  • Industry Trends
  • Regional Trends
  • Strategies for Success

Competitive Analysis

  • Market Shares for Leading Suppliers
  • Market Shares by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
  • Market Shares by Revenue Category
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Services
  • Market Shares by Hardware Type
    • Operator Interface
    • Nano Controller
    • Micro Controller
    • Small Controller
    • Large Controller
    • Other Controller
    • Unbundled I/O
  • Market Shares by Software Type
    • Programming
    • Templates and Libraries
  • Market Shares by Service Type
    • Automation Training
    • Spare Part Contracts
    • Maintenance Contracts
    • Software Updates
  • Market Shares by Industry
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Automotive
    • Buildings
    • Cement & Glass
    • Chemical
    • Electric Power Generation
    • Electric Power T&D
    • Electronics & Electrical
    • Fabricated Metals
    • Food & Beverage
    • Machinery
    • Metals
    • Mining
    • Oil & Gas
    • Pharmaceutical & Biotech
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Refining
    • Semiconductors
    • Water & Wastewater
  • Market Shares by Machinery Segment
  • Market Shares by PAC and Standard PLCs 
  • Market Shares by Sales Channel
  • Market Shares by Customer Type

Market Forecasts & Histories

  • Total PLC and PLC-based PAC Business Including Hardware, Software, and Services
  • Shipments by Region
    • North America
    • Europe, Middle East, Africa
    • Asia
    • Latin America
  • Shipments by Revenue Category
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Services
  • Shipments by Hardware Type
    • Operator Interface
    • Nano Controller
    • Micro Controller
    • Small Controller
    • Large Controller
    • Other Controller
    • Unbundled I/O
  • Shipments by Software Type
    • Programming
    • Templates and Libraries
    • Other
  • Shipments by Service Type
    • Automation Training
    • Spare Part Contracts
    • Maintenance Contracts
    • Software Updates
  • Shipments by Industry
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Automotive
    • Building Automation
    • Cement & Glass
    • Chemical
    • Electronics & Electrical
    • Electric Power Generation
    • Electric Power T&D
    • Fabricated Metals
    • Food & Beverage
    • Machinery
    • Metals
    • Mining
    • Oil & Gas
    • Pharmaceutical & Biotech
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Refining
    • Semiconductor
    • Water & Wastewater
  • Shipments by Machinery Segment
  • Shipments by PAC and Standard PLCs
  • Shipments by Sales Channel
  • Shipments by Customer Type

Industry Participants

The research identifies all relevant suppliers serving this market. 

Regional Market Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

Competitive Analysis

  • Leading Suppliers in Region
  • Industry Shares in Region
  • Country Shares in Region
  • Leading Suppliers by Industry

Market History & Forecast Analysis 

  • Market History & Forecast by Country
  • Market History & Forecast by Industry

Industry Participants

List of countries & currencies included in each region: MIRA-Country

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Country Research Focus Areas

Strategic Analysis

Market Share Analysis

  • Leading Suppliers in Country
  • Leading Suppliers by Industry
  • Leading Suppliers by Revenue Category
  • Leading Suppliers by Hardware Type

Market Forecast Analysis 

  • Total Market Forecast
  • Market Forecast by Industry
  • Market Forecast by Revenue Category
  • Market Forecast by Hardware Type

Industry Participants

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