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Reversing several years of contraction, the industrial automation equipment market is poised to begin growing again. In particular, discrete safety equipment and computer numeric controls are expected to grow significantly faster than the industry average due in part to the rise of industrial IoT as well as to rapid growth in robotics.

Get ahead of the transformations in the automation industry with our comprehensive coverage of smart manufacturing, controllers, industrial communications, process instrumentation and visualization.

Analyst Insights View All (103)

  • Lisa Wang, Teik Chuan Goh | March 16, 2020
    As the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 continues to rampage across the world, bringing industrial production and supply chains worldwide to a virtual standstill, the pandemic will cause a substantial revision in the prospects this year of the industrial market, now projected to decline by as much as 10 percentage points.
  • Lisa Wang, Teik Chuan Goh | February 13, 2020
    Already forecast to be on a slow road to recovery this year, machinery production and component manufacturing will suffer a further setback as the human toll rises and factories shut down from the dangerous coronavirus outbreak in China. The city of Wuhan, a major manufacturing hub and the largest metropolis in central China with a population of 11 million, is at the epicenter of the occurrence.
  • Jessica Nian | November 12, 2019
    More than 180,000 visitors thronged the China International Industry Fair (CIIF) as the event, bearing the theme of "intelligence, interconnection,” kicked off at the Shanghai National Convention and Exhibition center in mid-September. Among the star attractions were Chinese-made collaborative robots, or cobots, exhibited alongside robotic counterparts produced outside the country. Both sides were equally popular, but the Chinese cobots were present in greater numbers and were, therefore, the more prominent of the two.


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Analyst insight and market data on the effects of COVID-19 measures on demand and supply across the technology, media, and telecoms (TMT) value chain.
Track and anticipate market shifts with trusted intelligence on discrete machine safety components. This service gives you access to our proprietary database and comprehensive report that details the discrete machine safety component market by product type, industry sector and major world regions.
Track and anticipate market shifts with granular intelligence on the embedded computing sector. This service provides the outlook for single board computers, computer-on-modules and standalone boards across 10 industries and major world regions and countries.
Understand the impact of product developments, government legislation and the economic climate on generators markets. Our multi-database research package (low power, medium power, high power, wind generators, generator sets) provides current data, insights analysis and advice for companies seeking to maximize growth opportunities and make decisions more effectively about the generators market.
Make informed decisions with unmatched insight into the global industrial network market. This service details the market for industrial Ethernet, Fieldbus and wireless technologies and cloud connectivity used by industries across major world regions.
Identify growth opportunities in the multi-billion dollar market for industrial ethernet infrastructure components. This service quantifies the world market for seven industrial ethernet infrastructure component types (e.g., gateways, managed/unmanaged switches, routers) used across more than 14 industrial sectors and 25+ countries.
The industrial market is growing in complexity as the speed of innovation accelerates. This service helps you keep pace with the most dynamic aspects of manufacturing technology through leading research on Industrial IoT (IIoT), digitalization and connectivity. Find detailed data and insights to support strategic investments in IIoT technologies and to understand industry readiness for IIoT solutions.
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Discover the next opportunity in the I/O module market with comprehensive data and insight. This service features our annual flagship report with the five-year outlook for local and remote I/O modules used across 24 industry verticals in major world regions as well as leading supplier market shares.
Understand the IoT platforms software and services market. This service features our IoT Platforms Market Tracker, which provides historical and forecast data for devices managed by an IoT platform, segmented by platform subcategory and region.
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Reports View All (59)

  • Edition Year: 2020-2021
    Syed Mohsin Ali | May 15, 2020
    This report is a study of industrial edge networking components and builds on the previous IHS Markit industrial Ethernet infrastructure components report published in March 2018. This report addresses the world market incorporating all regions.
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  • Sam Lucero | March 13, 2020
    A comprehensive report on the market for satellites in IoT – with market size and forecasts presented by number of IoT connections and connectivity revenues, segmented by region and application. A detailed analysis of the competitive landscape includes ~20 operator profiles with estimated IoT devices on the network. Market analysis includes an explanation of satellite types and technologies, trends in connectivity protocols, launch capacity, the impact of a growing IoT market, regulatory considerations and a comparison to the terrestrial cellular services market.
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  • Brian Arbuckle | February 05, 2020
    This report is designed to provide executives with an up-to-date, comprehensive description of the world market for DCS and identify trends that will affect the market over the next five years.
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  • Sam Lucero | March 23, 2020
    Market forecasts of the cumulative volume of devices under management by IoT platforms and the resulting annual platform service revenue. These forecasts are global in scope, segmented by region, platform type, and device type, and cover the period from 2015 to 2030.
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  • Sam Lucero | March 23, 2020
    Comprehensive list of hundreds of IoT platform vendors, filterable by numerous criteria, including platform type, platform introduction (year), funding type, headquarters location, number of employees, and more.
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  • Process Instrumentation Research Package
    Greg Johnson | May 18, 2018
    The Process Instrumentation Research Package provides forecasts and analysis of the market for four instrumentation types: flowmeters, level measurement devices, pressure transmitters, and temperature transmitters. For each database, the market is segmented to provide a tertiary level of analysis, presenting market sizes and forecasts by product, region, industry sector, communication type, and other technical segmentations. Data is presented using a base year of 2017 and forecast market growth through to 2022.
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Presentations View All (4)

  • Industrial Automation & Digitalisation, Parma
    Fabio Raffo | June 20, 2019
    Over forty thousand visitors attended this year SPS IPC Drives Italia: the leading Italian trade fair for Smart, Digital, Flexible Manufacturing. IHS Markit took this annual opportunity to discuss the big opportunities offered by the advent of the 4th industrial revolution.
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  • Analysis: Traditional Power and Transport & Distribution Sectors
    Syed Mohsin Ali | September 28, 2018
    This presentation explores the driving factors behind this upheave in the trend towards adoption of Ethernet in power sector as the leading technology for communication.
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  • October 21, 2016
    Networking and connectivity of devices is one of the underlying enablers of Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0. This includes networking of automation and machinery but also other platforms and production systems, such as manufacturing execution systems (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
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Analysts View All (12)

  • Icon Research Vice President, Industrial
    As head of all Industrial research, Mark Watson manages a team of global analysts and has direct responsibility for the core strategy, personnel, research, analysis, and commercial planning of the practice.
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