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World wide PLC Market

Frost & Sullivan has published in Januari 1995 a new study on the PLC market. It is called "World programmable logic controller markets: increasing functionality promises continued growth" and is available at Frost & Sullivan for $2995.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the world-wide PLC-market revenues will grow from 4.2 billion.USD in 1993 to 8.6 billion in the year 2000. This means a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 10.8%. If measured in the number of units, there is an increase expected from 8 million units in 1993 to approximately 18 million units in 2000. This equals a CAGR of approximately 12.3%, meaning that the growth in units will be higher than the groth in revenues. The average price per unit will increase 14% in total over the same period, from $1814 to $2067.

One of the reasons for the difference in growth between revenues and units is the forecast that the small PLCs, 30% of the market revenues in 1993, will increase to 35% in 2000, while the revenues for medium and large PLCs will dip from 30% to 26% and 16% to 9% respectively, over said period. Fault tolerant PLCs will increase form 2% share till 5%.

The increased importance of software is also reflected in the figures: software revenues are expected to increase from 9 till 12% over the same period.

The main growth industries mentioned are the automotive, food and beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, metal, pulp and paper, wastewater management, medical and electronics.
The ranking in 1992/1993 with respect to revenues are:

Micro PLCs
Siemens, Mitsubishi, Omron, Allen-Bradley, GE Fanuc
Both small & medium
Siemens, Mitsubishi, Allen-Bradley, Omron, GE Fanuc
Large PLCs
Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Modicon, GE Fanuc
Fault-tolerant PLCs
Triconex, August, Triplex
PLC monitoring and interface SW
Intellution, US Data, Wonderware, Iconics, Heuristics (Onspec) and Laboratory Technologies

Total World PLC market
Unit shipment and Revenue Forecast 1990 - 2000
Year Units (000) Revenue (mio$)
1990 5,622.5 3,309.4
1991 6,201.7 3,574.1
1992 6,835.2 3,860.8
1993 7,634.5 4,208.6
1994 8,627.4 4,648.5
1995 9,850.7 5,197.0
1996 11,323.2 5,840.4
1997 12,920.5 6,540.2
1998 14,565.0 7,249.6
1999 16,201.8 7,944.0
2000 17,784.2 8,605.0