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Global Programmable Logic Controllers Market, Forecast to 2021

  • ID: 4439635
  • Report
  • December 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 89 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Impact of IIoT–PLCs in the Current Form to Remain the Choice of Future Machine-builders


  • ABB
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • GE Intellignet Platforms
  • Honeywell
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Rockwell Automation
  • MORE

Programmable logic controller (PLC) as a digitally operating electronic system, designed for use in an industrial environment, is used to control different types of machines or processes. The global PLC market, which comprises of Nano PLC, Small PLC, Medium PLC, Large PLC, Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC), Software, and Services, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.1% from 2016 to 2021 and reach $13,145.1 million by 2021.

Research Highlights:

The aim of this study is to analyze the developments of the PLC market in the global level and present an outlook on market growth, opportunities, and performance. The major focus is market trends (drivers and restraints); regional trends (North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and rest of the world). The study highlights opportunities created by PLC manufacturers, third party hardware and software developers, and internet/technology companies that are integrating industrial internet of things (IIoT) solutions into PLCs and investing in the development of next-generation control technologies.

Market measurements and revenue forecasts were estimated for 2016-2021 (PLC market by region, product, and end user industries). Market focus and market share details of key participants, such as Rockwell Automation, Inc., Siemens AG, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Schneider Electric, and ABB are included. The base year for the study is 2016 and forecast period is from 2017 to 2021.

Key Issues Addressed:

  • What is the present state of the global PLC market? What is PAC and why is sometimes PAC preferred? Is the global PLC/ PAC market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
  • What are the factors driving the PLC market? What are the different challenges faced by the PLC vendors? What are the challenges faced by the end users?
  • What are the different technological developments occurring in the market? How are different IIoT technologies influencing the PLCs as a product? How is the demand for PLCs distributed across different end users and geographic regions?
  • What is the impact of IIoT on PLC product features? And how are these likely to disrupt the market?
  • Who are the major market participants and How are they managing growth in an environment that is witnessing new technology adoption? What are their strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats?
  • Where are the major growth opportunities in the PLC market and how will it be helpful for the vendors and third party software providers?
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  • ABB
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • GE Intellignet Platforms
  • Honeywell
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Rockwell Automation
  • MORE

1. Executive Summary

  • Key Findings
  • Market Engineering Measurements

2. Research Scope and Objectives

  • Research Scope and Objective
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer

3. Global PLC Market Snapshot-Present State of the Industry

  • A Blueprint of PLC Functionality
  • Outlook of PLC’s Relevance-End-user Perception
  • Progressive Shift towards PACs
  • Revenue Forecast
  • Market Engineering Measurements

4. Drivers and Restraints-Total Programmable Logic Controllers Market

  • Market Drivers
  • Drivers Explained
  • Market Restraints
  • Restraints Explained
  • Conventional Challenges Faced by PLC Vendors
  • Setback of Aging PLC Hardware and Operating Systems
  • Complex Codes Repulsing Next-Gen Programmer

5. Product Analysis

  • Percent Revenue Breakdown by Product
  • Revenue Forecast by Product
  • Revenue Forecast Discussion

6. Regional Analysis

  • Percent Revenue Breakdown by Region
  • Revenue Forecast by Region
  • Revenue Forecast Discussion

7. End User Analysis

  • Synopsis of Industries Embracing PLC
  • PLC Penetration-Current Market Size
  • Percent Revenue Forecast by End-user Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Automotive Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Chemicals Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Food and Beverage Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Oil and Gas Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Power Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Pulp and Paper Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Water and Wastewater Industry
  • Revenue Forecast-Other Industries

8. Market Share and Competitive Analysis-Total Programmable Logic Controllers Market

  • Competitive Analysis-Market Share
  • Market Share Analysis
  • Regional Market Share Analysis of Competitors
  • Competitive Environment
  • SWOT Analysis

9. Role of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-Controller Applications

  • IIoT-Focus on Subduing Controller Challenges
  • Optimizing a Controller through IIoT
  • Emerging IO-Link Standard in PLC

10. IIoT-PLC-Coexistence or Confrontation?

  • Coexistence-Addressing the Integration Challenges
  • Demand from SMEs for Advanced Controllers
  • IIoT-Ready PLCs-Early Steps by Vendors
  • Realizing the Potential of Big Data
  • Is Cloud the New Idea for Programmable Controllers?
  • IIoT to Confront Programming Capabilities of PLC

11. Dawn of ALC-Apps to Disrupt the PLC Market

  • App Logic Controller (ALC)-A Smartphone Approach
  • Advantages of ALC Over PLC
  • App Store-A New Growth Opportunity for Developers
  • ALC Prototypes Out-innovating the Existing PLC Market

12. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action

  • IIoT Stimulating a New Transformation in the PLC Market
  • Growth Opportunity 1-Partnership with IIoT Vendors
  • Growth Opportunity 2-Focusing on Emerging Economies
  • Growth Opportunity 3-Promote Open Source Controllers
  • Global PLC Market-4 Major Growth Opportunities
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

13. The Last Word

  • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

14. Appendix

  • Partial List of Companies Interviewed
  • Abbreviations Used
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • ABB
  • Advantech
  • Altus
  • B&R
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • Delta
  • Eaton
  • Festo
  • GE Intellignet Platforms
  • HIMA
  • Hitachi
  • Hollysys
  • Honeywell
  • IDEC
  • Lenze
  • LS Industrial Systems
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Panasonic
  • Phoenix Contact
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sharp
  • Siemens AG
  • Toshiba
  • Yasakawa
  • Yokogawa
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