Factory automation is becoming an important part of the Indian industrial sector on account of the rising efforts to make manufacturing processes more efficient and reduce defect rates. Factory automation is proving to be a huge success in the Indian market due to extensive use of new and improved technologies for producing better products. Automation systems with advanced features are being deployed in all the major sectors such as automotive, chemicals, manufacturing, and mining etc., to perform a number of complex tasks and consistently provide customers with superior quality products. The installation of advanced communication networks is also facilitating in optimizing workow in production facilities. Further, growing adoption of energy saving control equipment such as energy efficient motor systems is also anticipated to propel the adoption of factory automation in India in the coming years.

According to TechSci Research report "India Factory Automation Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020", factory automation market in India is projected to witness a CAGR of around 12% during 2015 - 2020. Growing use of robots on factory floors for increasing efficiency, reliability and accuracy of the production processes, is also driving the country's factory automation market. Moreover, increasing domestic manufacturing on account of government initiatives like Make in India is expected to stimulate growth in automation solutions market in India through 2020. Western and Northern regions are the major markets for factory automation in India due to continuing industrial growth, and presence of Special Economic Zones and various automotive hubs in these regions.

The opportunities in automation sector in India across various verticals are growing multifold. Increasing population, present lower per capita consumption and increasing purchasing power is driving the demand upwards. Whereas on one hand, the opportunities are on account of additional capacities being put in place to meet growing demand. On the other hand, the level of automation, which is relatively low in India as compared to global standards, itself is being redefined upwards. Over all, the environment is very much encouraging for automation industry in India. Automation industry in India is approximately Rs. 12,000 crore and has a potential to grow by 15-20 per cent given the existing capacity addition in infrastructure, energy and other sectors.

  • The economic growth in India is amongst the highest in the world, helped by a reorientation of government spending toward needed public infrastructure.

  • Presently the percentage of exports from the Indian automation sector is less than 5 per cent of its annual sales and limited to the Middle East and to some extent the South-East Asia. The aim is to achieve an export target of 20 per cent of the annual production in value terms.

  • Recognising the lying potential in the domestic as well as global market, the government of India has also taken initiatives to put a target for enhancing the manufacturing sector’s contribution to 25 per cent of the GDP by 2025.

  • As the national manufacturing sector grows, the automation sector will grow at a double rate.

  • Going beyond conventional use, today, the trend is to integrate manufacturing processes with IT by way of MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), so that the efciency improvement is extended beyond manufacturing process to the complete value chain of the organization.

  • As labour is becoming more expensive, factory automation is also gaining ground. Manufacturers recognise the need to automate their processes, and now robotics is coming into use in appreciable way.

  • Today, manufacturing sector has to launch new products featuring top quality on global markets in shortest time periods possible and at attractive prices. The only way to ensure success throughout the entire production lifecycle is the application of highly efcient product lifecycle management (PLM). Seamless interaction with the factory lifecycle management represents a further decisive success factor.

  • In future, the pressure on efciency (and production costs) will only go up, forcing the manufactures to implement highly efcient processes. 'Transparency' of production processes to ensure 'tracing and tracking' of the products manufactured will also be a necessary requirement. Regulatory, safety and environmental demands will become more stringent and adherence to them will be mandatory.

  • Major infrastructure sectors, namely power, road, railways, civil aviation, ports and telecommunication, have performed better during 2014-15 as compared to 2013-14.

  • In energy sector having recognised more than 35 per cent of energy produced is not accounted for (AT&C losses), emphasis is being given for the electrical automation, transmission, and distribution by way of implementing SCADA, and smart grid.

  • Electricity generation in the country during the current year registered a growth of 4.4 per cent, it said adding, a total of 3030 MW of grid-connected power generation capacity from renewable energy sources like solar and wind has been added so far this scal, taking the cumulative generation capacity in the country to over 38,820 MW.



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