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Automation industry in India opportunities galore

April 23, 2011 9:17 am

Automation industry in India is growing at an annual rate of 20 to 25 per cent. The Indian automation market has acquired critical momentum in propelling the instrumentation, control and automation industry to a higher growth trajectory. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director of VDMA India analyses the varied aspects of this prime segment
 
Industry overview
India has the right mix of industry that provides excellent growth opportunities for the entire spectrum of automation products and systems. While Indian industry has accepted and is adopting enterprise solutions for business processes, it has yet to recognize the full potential of manufacturing automation and ‘collaborative systems’. India, with large investments taking place in various industries, provides strong growth prospects for automation in both the near and long-term.
 
Comparison with German Industry
India, is fast gaining much control in the field of automation, which until now, Western Europe like Germany enjoyed. The country’s reliance on automation for power plants, refineries, chemical and metal production is increasingly growing. There is a difference, though in that the degree of automation in India is less compared to Germany. As the volume of production goes up and the drive for higher cost efficiency continues, we anticipate that the gap in automation will be bridged in the coming years. India has never been the best implementer of automation technologies and on many occasions, the technologies that are available have not been effective because of the lack of this will to bring about effective combinations.
 
Machinery & Equipment is the second largest and most innovative industry in Germany, and as such, is one of major strategic importance. One of the fastest-growing M&E sectors is the Robotics and Automation industry. It is one of the technological motors that drives Germany as a high-tech nation, and one which combines all of the key future technologies including electronics, sensors, actuators, materials, and software. The R&A sector is the birthplace of many innovations which facilitate the high level of production efficiency helping to make manufacturing in Germany even more competitive.
 
A major guiding force behind the German R&A industry’s current positive development is the country’s highly industrialized environment. As Germany’s largest industries, the electronics, automotive, chemicals and food sectors are the main customers driving this growth. More than 11,000 companies with around 2.5 million employees are active in these four sectors and account for an overall combined turnover of approximately EUR 750 billion. The need for high-tech robotic and automation solutions in these industries is the key to survival within a global environment, and will accordingly continue to grow in importance in the future.

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