China to become largest PLC market in the world
China will become the biggest PLC market in the world by 2007, a new IMS Research report predicts, surpassing Japan, Germany, and the USA.
China will become the biggest PLC market in the world by 2007, a new IMS Research report predicts, surpassing Japan, Germany, and the USA. Between 2003 and 2008, the Chinese market for PLCs is expected to increase at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of more than 20%.
China is currently the number one choice for OEMs wishing to build new factories or relocate existing facilities, notes IMS research analyst and report author Don Tait. He adds: "They are attracted by the high economic growth in China, the plentiful supply of labor, and low wage costs. In addition, China’s accession to the World Trade Organization has helped to liberalize and modernize China’s trading activities. This has further stimulated the Chinese economy and investment in machinery and equipment."
Building automation and food and beverage industries are expected to show the greatest growth potential, according to Tait. He explains: "This reflects the fact that construction and consumption-based industries are expected to perform well during this period. New food processing and beverage plants in China are expected to have significant influence on market growth."
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