Growing Demand for Distributed Control Systems from Power Industry to Create Growth Opportunities for Key Players, says TMR

The global distributed control systems (DCS) market is moderately fragmented with the top three players, including ABB, Siemens, and Honeywell accounting for 50% of the market in 2011. The market sees strong competition among the existing players. Strong brand loyalty exists among consumers and thus, new entrants are not expected to gain a strong foothold in the near future, states a new report by Transparency Market Research (TMR). In addition, the need for a high degree of expertise and the high initial investment will make it difficult for new entrants to enter the market. Thus, the threat of new entrants is expected to be low. The threat of substitutes is expected to remain moderate as there are several enterprises opting for alternatives, including programmable logic controllers. Key players in the market include Yokogawa, Siemens, Emerson, Honeywell, Invensys, and Rockwell. 

According to the research report, the global distributed control systems market is estimated to reach a value of US$19.79 bn by the end of 2018. By type, the distributed control systems software market is projected to lead and reach US$12.15 bn by 2018. On the basis of end use, the oil and gas industry will continue to lead, surpassing US$5.04 bn by 2018. By geography, Asia Pacific is expected to lead in the coming years. The market in the region is expected to be worth US$6.89 bn by 2018. 

Increasing Demand for DCS Solutions from Power Industry to Boost Global Market 

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other users of distributed control system software are increasingly adopting open source DCS software owing to the cost benefits offered, thus augmenting the growth of the market. Technological advancements are also driving the growth of the global DCS market. Moreover, several companies are adopting the migration strategy for replacing existing control systems with distributed control systems, which has enabled the market to post positive gains.  

The rising demand for DCS from the power industry is also anticipated to bolster the global market. Because in the power industry, it is important to provide power reliably, profitably, and efficiently whenever required, it is essential to have a single integrated plant-wide control solution addressing operational and business concerns. This can be achieved by distributed control systems, thus boosting their demand across the globe. 

Free Availability of Distributed Control Systems Solutions to Hinder Growth of Market 

As distributed control systems are available via open source platforms for free and can be easily downloaded, the declining prices of these solutions are acting as one of the challenges faced by the market. Another factor hampering the growth of the market is the limited technical skills at the end user level. In addition, the overlapping of functionalities in the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and the DCS systems make it difficult for consumers to distinguish between these two systems, which may affect the growth of the market. 

Retrofits to Emerge as Opportunity in Global Distributed Control Systems Market 

The revamping and building of new power stations are some of the significant opportunities for growth in the global DCS market. In North America, for instance, there are around 5 mn buildings existing that can be retrofitted. Retrofits are emerging as an attractive option with a rise in energy costs, lower rate of occupancy, and difficulty in raising capital for new construction. Additionally, many suppliers are engaged in upgrading their existing systems and this is expected to reoccur year after year, thus boosting the market in the coming years. 

This information is based on the findings of a report published by Transparency Market Research titled “Distributed Control Systems Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2012 - 2018.” 

The global distributed control systems market is segmented as below: 

Component type 

  • DCS hardware
  • DCS software
  • DCS services 

 End user industry 

  • Oil and gas industry
  • Chemicals industry
  • Power industry
  • Metal and mining industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Water and waste water treatment industry
  • Pulp and paper industry
  • Other process industries 


  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific 
  • Rest of the world 

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