Distributed Control Systems Asian Market Saves the Day for DCS Manufacturers

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Europe stagnates, Japan is in a stalemate and the US economy is only slowly recovering: Hard times for supplier industries like the manufacturers of Distributed Control Systems (DCS). But there is a bright spot: Asia, with its developing markets, has become the main growth driver for DCS, a new study shows...

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The DCS market in Asia is driven by robust growth in developing economies, a new study y ARC says.
The DCS market in Asia is driven by robust growth in developing economies, a new study y ARC says.
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The major growth in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) revenues continues to come from developing nations: The growth in countries such as India and China is especially important because of sluggish growth rates in other regions of the world. While developed nations are just holding their own (at best) in DCS investments, in developing countries, several recent trends are becoming increasingly important for success in the DCS business, a new study by ARC Advisory shows.

Both China and India are undergoing rapid growth and industrialization processes. At the time of this report, however, China’s growth is slowing. Even with a slowdown in China, Asia remains a leading growth engine for the global DCS marketplace, representing almost 35 percent of the world market.

Oil, Ming and Power Engineering to Drive Distributed Control Systems Market

ARC expects the top five growth industries in Asia to be oil & gas, mining & metals, cement & glass, water & wastewater, and electric power, in that order, with associated increases in DCS revenues. The growth of these industries is expected to be above average.

Demand for oil will continue to increase in the long term despite short-term demand shortfalls. Oil exploration and production is taking the industry into increasingly remote and hostile regions, increasing demand for remote operations and subsea production.

The power industry is also growing at a healthy rate over the forecast period. Developing economies, such as India and China, continue to invest in new power capacities and world-class power generation facilities. While pent up demand for mining & metals and cement & glass investments caused sizeable increases from 2010 to 2011, the growth is expected to return to a more moderate level over the forecast period.

ARC Foresees the Robust Growth of DCS in Asia

According to ARC Advisory Group’s research, the total distributed control systems market in Asia will exceed $6,300 million in 2016. ARC’s latest study, “Distributed Control Systems for Asia Market Research Study” provides an in-depth analysis of the DCS business in Asia. In addition to market analysis and forecasts, the study also covers the current market nuances, strategic issues, and the future outlook. The report also highlights the factors that influence the DCS market in Asia and its dynamics.

“The Trend in Asia Differs From Developed Nations”

G. Ganapathiraman, Country Manager for India at ARC and co-author of this study says: “The trends that drive the DCS business in Asia vastly differ from those in developed nations. Due to the economic growth in China and India along with the other BRIC countries, investments in infrastructure, oil and gas production, and in refining are rising, leading to increased demand for DCS.” In 2011, ARC saw a much larger increase in revenue over 2010 than previously anticipated. The order book started improving at the end of 2009 and was quite strong throughout 2010 and the first half of 2011. Because the DCS business is primarily project based with an average nine month lag time from order book to recognized revenue, this strong order book translated into an excellent revenue year for 2011 with Asia’s revenue up over 4.5 percent from 2010.