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Process Instruments market forecast

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According to the 2014 Market Forecast, published in May by the Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA), providing a five year market forecast for Process Instrumentation & Automation (PI&A) equipment segmented by major process industries - the total US market value will grow to US$ 13.6 billion (Cdn$ 1.3 billion) by 2018.

The report, which has 80 pages of detail on 12 product categories, 12 industry segments and estimates for both the US and Canada, also includes a spotlight on the technology displacement of electronic vs. mechanical flowmeters and a spotlight on market developments in Mexico.

In July, market analyst, Paul Rasmusson, President of Global Automation Research LLC, reviewed the highlights of the Forecast during a webinar for MCAA members and prospective members. During that webinar, Rasmusson noted, among other developments, the continuing investment by the chemical industry in unconventional gas as a feedstock and the construction of fertilizer and ethylene plants which will make the US an exporter, for the first time, of these products instead of a heavy importer.

The report

Prepared annually for MCAA members jointly by the market research firms of Global Automation Research LLC and ReMap Sales Planning LLC, the Forecast predicts a 5 Year US CAGR of 4.2% with the Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Refining and Pharmaceutical industries projected as growing at above-average rates while Water & Wastewater, Electric Utilities, F&B, Cement and Mining will remain below average due to factors such as price pressure, cyclical downturns or overcapacity.

Global Automation Research LLC notes that the Oil & Gas Industry which had record high spending in the 2012 - 13 period will have slow growth in the early part of the forecast period but will recover by the end.

The best growth rates: flow, level, control systems

On the PI&A product side, the products with the best growth rates will be flow, level, control systems & remote I/O growing at above average rates. The report highlights that tank level gauging will grow at 9% per year over the forecast period, primarily because of increased construction of holding tanks at each end of the growing crude oil transport business.

In its spotlight on the technology displacement of Mechanical Flowmeters by Electronic flowmeters, the report shows that the displacement has accelerated over the last 15 years such that the electronic flowmeter market which was three times the mechanical market in 2012 is forecast to be four times the size by 2018. One could extrapolate that the differential would be five times in 3.6 years thereafter (2021) but the researchers believe that is unlikely because mechanical meters remain competitive in a number of applications—including custody transfer and fuel metering—as well as because of the inherently conservative nature of the marketplace which tends to support the use of well-proven technologies such as mechanical level instrumentation.

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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