ARC says Low Power AC Drives market to grow

  • August 02, 2011
  • ARC Advisory Group
  • News

August 2, 2011 - Recovering from a deep global downturn in 2009, the low power AC drives market rebounded in 2010. Emerging economies led growth in 2010, and they also remain important markets during the forecast period, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. The low power AC drives market will also experience growth spurred by increasing concerns regarding energy efficiency as well as the environment. Major economies have accepted the fact that efficient use of energy is necessary for global growth and prosperity. “The low power AC drives market will continue to grow across all regions of the world because these drives offer quick payback periods due to energy savings and better process management with increased motor control. These factors make the use of low power AC drives easier to justify even during uncertain economic periods,” according to Senior Analyst Himanshu Shah, the principal author of ARC’s “Low Power AC Drives Worldwide Outlook.” New Infrastructure Created from Stimulus Packages While the world economy was passing through a severely distressed phase, new stimulus packages from various governments were adding more investments in the infrastructure industries, including new road construction, water & wastewater facilities, and electric power generating plants. This will continue to have a significant impact during the forecast period, even for past funding directed at capital projects that are now just coming to fruition, or expected to come to fruition over the next several years. Globalization also created a large demand for modern infrastructure, especially in emerging economies. Airport facilities and new road construction are driving demand for products from the metals & mining, cement & glass, and oil & gas industries. Emerging economies know that their current infrastructure is a huge bottleneck for their continuing high economic growth. Low power AC drives will benefit in this environment as they are key components for any infrastructure development and operation. Increasing Consumption from World’s Rising Middle Class Until recently, the world's middle class was located in Western Europe, North America, and Japan. Now a new global middle class is rising as major consumers in emerging economies around the world. The rapidly expanding middle class in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America is creating a tremendous demand for new products. This offers enormous promise for industries to provide their products for the burgeoning ranks of new consumers. This new middle class is purchasing products across all segments, and more importantly, ones tailored to their tastes. Consumption is expected to grow in areas ranging from consumer electronics to food & beverages. As a result, a number of industries will benefit, generating demand for more automation, including low power AC drives. Regional Scenarios The global economy continues to expand unevenly, with emerging economies growing faster than advanced economies, and consequently, facing different challenges and risks. Global financial conditions have been generally improving, though they remain stressed in some areas. The recovery in advanced economies remains lukewarm considering the depth of the recession, and unemployment remains stubbornly high. A brief description regarding the economic scenarios for each major world area is covered in this report. In addition to the quantitative assessment, this study provides an insightful analysis of issues that will impact this business in the future. About ARC: Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group is the leading research and advisory firm for industry. Our coverage of technology from business systems to product and asset lifecycle management, supply chain management, operations management, and automation systems makes us the go-to firm for business and IT executives around the world. For the complex business issues facing organizations today, our analysts have the industry knowledge and first-hand experience to help our clients find the best answers.  

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