ARC says ABB is still the king, and services rule the roost

From the indefatigable Laura Patrick-- ABB systems group's fantastic one woman publicity department:

ARC study states that automation services key to market growth

Houston, TX, July 21, 2009-- In the newest version of ARC Advisory Group’s “Distributed Control Systems Worldwide Outlook,” study, ABB retained its leading worldwide market position in this core automation market. The study reports that the explosive growth that characterized the DCS (distributed control system) market up until 2008 is gone due to the global economic crisis; ARC forecasts that the compound annual growth rate for this market through 2013 will be curbed to 3%. DCS related services offer the best opportunity for growth in the near future.

The ARC report states that the customer demand for value-added services from automation suppliers has never been higher. These include project services such as the Main Automation Contractor (MAC) concept, where the supplier takes full responsibility for all aspects of an automation project, as well as other after-sales DCS services that help end users optimize plant performance.

The report also noted that as end users strive to extract every last ounce of performance out of their plants, they need to reduce energy consumption. Aside from raw materials costs, energy ranks as one of the top cost pressures affecting manufacturers today. ARC stated that integrating the automation and power/energy domains of the manufacturing process can yield significant energy cost savings.

 “ABB integrates the process control, process electrification, and power distribution and management portions of a plant with System 800xA, so information is available to all areas. This strategy is particularly interesting and beneficial to industries that are heavy electrical users, such as oil & gas, utilities, pulp & paper, and metals, that view electricity as a raw material,” said Larry O'Brien, Research Director for Process Industries, ARC. “ABB’s extended and versatile control system offerings, combined with its MAC project management capabilities and vast DCS services portfolio, have helped ABB retain its leadership position in the worldwide market.”

According to the study, ABB was also the regional market share leader for Europe/Mid East/Africa (EMEA), and the worldwide leader in key global verticals including Upstream Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Mining and Metals.
The report also stated that the need to provide services and support for the installed base of DCS systems, estimated at over $65 billion worldwide, is more critical than ever in the current economic climate.

“ABB’s comprehensive automation system lifecycle approach helps our customers get the maximum value out of their existing control system investment, while providing a secure evolution path forward to help them maintain their competitiveness and reach their productivity targets,”  said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our leading-edge technology, dedicated global services team and commitment our installed base provide an unbeatable combination to transcend today’s troubled economy and prepare for tomorrow’s new challenges.”
  
Additional information on the Distributed Control Systems Worldwide Outlook, as well as other studies on the global automation market, is available at
www.arcweb.com

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