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MCAA publishes annual market forecast for 2018

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The 2017 Process Instrumentation and Automation market in the United States, valued at US$13.4 billion, is projected to grow 3.7% by 2022 to a total of US$16 billion.

MCAA publishes annual market forecast for 2018

The report, prepared by the analysts at Global Automation Research, focuses on the Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) markets in both the US and Canada. Twelve industry segments and product categories are examined in-depth, with a forecast timeline extending to the year 2022.

Growth will be concentrated in five industries: Chemicals, electric utilities, oil refining, food & beverage, and pharmaceuticals. The cumulative market gain will be US$2.7 billion over the forecast period. The chemicals industry market gain will be the largest. The market gain of the remaining slow-growing industries will equal about US$484 million.

Paul Rasmusson, President, Global Automation Research LLC, said, “the drop in the US and Canada oil and gas industry spending has ended, with a small positive recovery in 2017. Growth will gradually increase over the next five years bringing process automation spending to the 2010 level.”

Mr. Rasmusson added that “the chemical industry is experiencing exceptional growth, driven largely by investments in ethylene/propylene and poly-ethylene/propylene new plant construction or major plant expansions”, but he cautioned, “we are forecasting almost 5% annual growth in the US chemicals process automation spending, but with ethylene prices at all time lows, combined with major capacity additions in China and the Middle East, it is possible that some of the projects now under consideration may be delayed or cancelled, as the global ethylene/polyethylene markets play out over the forecast period.”

Process control systems and process control valves continue to dominate the market value, accounting for 60% of the total for 2017. These two product categories will gain US$1.4 billion in market value over the forecast period. The fastest growing product categories are electronic flow, electronic level, and Remote I/O.

Paul Rasmusson, said, “technology displacement remains the primary characteristic in the process automation market. Down markets, such as that just experienced in the oil and gas sector, tend to accelerate displacement of older technologies because, as customer spending recovers, companies look for opportunities to reduce future costs, increase product output or quality, reduce environmental problem or increase safety through new technology options.”

The Industry Market Forecast is available to all MCAA members at no charge. Non-member organisations may purchase the report from or by calling 001 (757) 258 3100.

As the voice of the measurement, control and automation industry, MCAA provides manufacturers and distributors of instrumentation and systems with the best community and resources for business effectiveness and growth through unsurpassed market and business insights, unique networking opportunities, and unbiased, affordable market data.

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