New study forecasts growth in safety systems despite slowdown in automation market


Dedham, Massachusetts, January 22, 2002 — A recently published study on safety and critical control systems forecasts growth in the safety systems market through 2006, despite a general slowdown in the process automation market.

The ARC market study entitled, “Safety and Critical Control System Worldwide Outlook – Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2006,” was released Friday.

Asish Ghosh, ARC Vice President and author of the study said, “An increased awareness of safety standards and increased environmental concerns are fueling the growth of the safety system market.”

Increased cost of litigation in case of an accident along with increased pressure from insurance companies is also fueling the need for safety systems. Regulations allowing programmable safety systems to be used in the nuclear power industry by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are going to increase the use of these systems.

More pressing is the impact of various agencies and organizations on safety system functionalities and standards although many large manufacturers in petroleum, chemical, and other industries have been using these systems for a long time. In the United States, for example, plants with on-site storage of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals are uncovering the need for safety systems as they perform process hazard analysis required by OSHA and quantitative risk analysis called for by EPA. Countries in Europe have similar regulatory laws in place.

Continuing, Asish said, “In North America and Western Europe, where there will be little investment in large grassroots manufacturing facilities in the next five years, the need for new safety systems in existing manufacturing facilities and the updating of the installed systems will keep the market alive.” Even though there is slow economic recovery in Southeast Asia and stagnation in Japan; China, India, and Latin America countries are making significant investments in large power plants, oil fields, and refining facilities, which are fueling the demand for the safety systems market.

ARC’s studies are designed to help industry executives lower their risk in making strategic decisions. The studies are prepared to provide strategic market intelligence to executives responsible for planning, marketing, sales, and development of their company’s industrial automation business.

Further information on this study can be found at: http://www.arcweb.com/arcweb/Advisory/Studies/Auto/safetysystems.asp

ARC Advisory Group provides strategic planning and technology assessment services to manufacturing companies, utilities, and global logistics providers, as well as to software and solution suppliers worldwide.

From Global 1000 companies to small start-up firms, ARC has the strategic knowledge needed to succeed in today’s technology driven economy.


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