Process industry products, services to reach $786 billion by 2010

Basel, Switzerland—The worldwide market for 'plant-related products and external services' in the process industries is projected to grow from $553 billion in 2000 to $631 billion in 2005 and $786 billion by 2010, according to a new study, 'Process Plant Markets 2010,' by Intechno Consulting.


Basel, Switzerland— The worldwide market for 'plant-related products and external services' in the process industries is projected to grow from $553 billion in 2000 to $631 billion in 2005 and $786 billion by 2010, according to a new study, 'Process Plant Markets 2010,' by Intechno Consulting . This translates to an average annual growth rate of 2.7% between 2000 and 2005; 4.5% annual increase between 2005 and 2010; and an overall annual rate of 3.6% for the decade.

The report adds that power plants and chemicals are the largest demand sectors for construction materials, equipment, software and services for plants in the process industries. With an annual growth rate of at least 6.4%, pharmaceuticals is the fastest-growing process industry.

In 2000, approximately 21.2% of the global demand came from Western Europe; 6.6% from Eastern Europe; 31.4% from North America; 6.0% from South America; 28.1% from the Asia-Pacific region, and around 6.1% from the rest of the world. By 2010, Asia-Pacific's share is projected to grow to 31.6%. In highly industrialized countries, the trend is towards more productive, more efficient, and more flexible plants and, at the same time, increasing availability and environmental sustainability. The processes are becoming less and less resource and emission intensive.

InMES). Approximately 51.3% of total demand was for mechanical works; 16.7% for construction; and about 7.7% for overall plant construction services. By 2010, electrical products' share will reach 26.0%, while mechanical products' share will shrink to 48.3%. The construction sector is projected to remain stable at 16.7%. The fastest growth is expected in MESs.

Also, Intechno's report adds that outsourcing services are gaining importance. More customers are demanding packages, including design, construction, financing and plant operations. Consequently, plant competence will have to be viewed more as operating competence, while the importance of strictly technological competence shrinks. Training will likely have to focus more on effectively monitoring and coordinating outside suppliers worldwide. As a result, large OEMs and turnkey suppliers will increasingly take on the role of system integrators.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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