Asia Industry 4.0 Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Asian Industry 4.0 Market is segmented by Technology (Industrial Robotics, IIoT, AI and ML, Blockchain, Extended Reality, Digital Twin, and 3D Printing), End-user Industry (Manufacturing, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Energy and Utilities, Electronics and Foundry, Food and Beverage, and Aerospace and Defense), and Country.

Market Snapshot

Asia Industry 4.0 Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 23.41 %

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Market Overview

The Asian industry 4.0 market was valued at USD 20.19 billion in 2020 and expected to reach USD 71.59 billion by 2026 and grow at a CAGR of 23.41% over the forecast period (2021 - 2026). Digitization and industry 4.0 revolution are acting as catalysts for the growth of automation among manufacturing industries, by using smarter and automated solutions, such as robotics and control systems, that enhances the performance metrics of the production processes.

  • Asia has been an early adopter of technological advancements, mentioned above. The market in these developing economies poses a key advantage in implementing industrial automation since they are not tormented by rebuilding legacy automation systems and machine investments.​
  • With IoT at the center of new technological approaches for development, production, and the entire logistics chain, it drove the country's adoption of industrial automation. For instance, according to the Chinese government, Industrial IoT (IIoT) is expected to grow, accounting for around USD 65 billion by 2020. These goals have been attributed by enabling companies to draw up medium and long-term strategic plans to embrace the advantages of industry 4.0.
  • The launch of Smart Advanced Manufacturing and Rapid Transformation Hub (SAMARTH) Udyog Bharat 4.0 by the Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India under its scheme on Enhancement of Competitiveness in Indian Capital Goods Sector led the first step. In February 2020, the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) and QLEAP Academy reported that large manufacturing companies in Pune are actively deploying sensors, IoT, data analytics, AI, and other technologies.
  • However, amid the COVID-19 outbreak and Asian countries experiencing strict lockdowns, the developments concerning Industry 4.0 are expected to be impacted for the next couple of 6-8 months. Factory closures and shifts in investments are primary factors for the same. Multiple vendors of factory automation solutions have shut their facilities in the wake of curbing the spread of the virus.

Scope of the Report

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is transforming the way industries perform. With the advent of industry 4.0 in the manufacturing industry, various industries are embracing digital technologies to enhance, automate, and modernize the whole process. Various industries are integrating different technologies, like Industrial Robotics, Industrial IoT, AI and ML, Blockchain, Digital Twin, and 3D Printing.

The market study provides a brief understanding of the deployment of these technologies in various end-user industries, such as manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, and energy and utilities, in Asia.

By Technology Type
Industrial Robotics
AI and ML
Extended Reality
Digital Twin
3D Printing
Other Technologies
By End-user Industry
Oil and Gas
Energy and Utilities
Electronics and Foundry
Food and Beverage
Aerospace and Defense
Other End-user Industries (Other Process Industries and Industrial Processing industries)
By Country
South Korea
Rest of Asia

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Key Market Trends

Manufacturing Industry Expected to Hold a Significant Share

  • The manufacturing industry is one of the most significant contributors to the economy of Asia-Pacific and is currently undergoing a rapid digital transformation. Low-end global manufacturing firms are increasingly moving their operations to Southeast Asia to cut costs due to inexpensive workforce availability.
  • Industrial IoT (IIoT) is being adopted significantly in the region in the manufacturing industry. As per the CIC estimates, IIoT in China was approximately CNY 115.7 billion in 2014, which accounted for roughly an 18% share of the global IIoT, and is expected to reach CNY 150 billion by 2020. Further, computer and network technologies, such as cloud computing and mobile computing, are also being implemented in these systems, which is expected to boost the adoption of industry 4.0 in the country.
  • Furthermore, in India, the manufacturing industry has gradually emerged as one of the high-growth sectors. 'Make in India' program places India on the world map as a manufacturing hub and provides global recognition to the Indian economy. Also, India is poised to become the fifth-largest manufacturing country in the world by the end of 2020. Moreover, manufacturing giants, such as GE, Siemens, HTC, Toshiba, and Boeing, have either set up or are in the process of setting up manufacturing plants in India. These trends are expected to boost the adoption of industry 4.0 in their plants in the future.
  • The trend is also augmented by the recent investment of more than JPY 30 billion by Mitsubishi to increase the output of its factory automation system products to meet growing demand. Further, the company also plans to establish a new plant near its existing facility in Aichi Prefecture and rebuilding an existing plant in Nagoya to bolster production capacity. Similar initiatives are expected to boost the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies across the region's manufacturing industry.

Japan Expected to Hold a Significant Share

  • In Asia-Pacific, Japan has been at the forefront of transforming into an automated industrial economy, and the country is adopting industry 4.0 faster. The country has emerged as a manufacturing hub for factory automation products and supplies it to other regional markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Presence of multiple automobile manufacturers, electronic product manufacturing industry, food processing industry makes Japan an important market in this region. Japan, with its highly-developed robotic sector and automation technologies, can be regarded as one of the global leaders in the employment of robotics and automation in the production processes.
  • According to the latest report by IFR published in 2019, Japan stands second in the world with 55.2 thousand annual installations of industrial robots, after China with 154 thousand annual installations. Also, the country is the largest manufacturer of industrial robots, catering to 52% of the global demand.
  • Moreover, the automotive and electronics sectors are the most productive manufacturing sectors in the country, heavily reliant on automation. This is likely to drive automation and digital transformation in the manufacturing processes of various goods.

Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape of the Asian industry 4.0 market is fragmented owing to the presence of several regional players, like several industrial robot manufacturers, such as Mitsubishi, Yokogawa, and many more, in countries like Japan. Also, the steady growth of the manufacturing industry in developing economies, like China and India, are also providing several growth prospects for the companies.

  • November 2019 - Rockwell Automation teamed up with Accenture’s Industry X.0 to develop a digital offering to help industrial clients move beyond existing manufacturing solutions to transform their entire connected enterprise. The collaboration is designed to capitalize on the expertise of both companies to deliver new capabilities for greater industrial supply chain optimization.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Favorable Governmental Initiatives and Collaborations Between Stakeholders in the Region

      2. 4.2.2 Strong Growth in the SEA Region

      3. 4.2.3 Growth in Demand for Industrial Robotics

      4. 4.2.4 Digital Transformation Initiatives Undertaken by SME’s

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Relative Lack of Awareness on the ROI Related to Adoption of Industry 4.0

      2. 4.3.2 Need For Significant Investments To Realize Benefits

      3. 4.3.3 Workforce and Standardization Related Challenges

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Industry Readiness for Industry 4.0 in Asia

    6. 4.6 PESTEL Analysis

    7. 4.7 Key Industry Collaborations and Partnerships

    8. 4.8 Competitive Positioning of Asia Relative to Other Major Regions in Industry 4.0 Adoption

    9. 4.9 Industry Ecosystem Analysis in Asia

    10. 4.10 Impact of COVID-19 on the adoption of Industry 4.0

    11. 4.11 Technology Snapshot

      1. 4.11.1 Evolution and Building Blocks of Industry 4.0

      2. 4.11.2 Key Enablers and Advancements – 5G Readiness in Asia

      3. 4.11.3 Key Technical and Economical Considerations Related to Industry 4.0


    1. 5.1 By Technology Type

      1. 5.1.1 Industrial Robotics

      2. 5.1.2 IIoT

      3. 5.1.3 AI and ML

      4. 5.1.4 Blockchain

      5. 5.1.5 Extended Reality

      6. 5.1.6 Digital Twin

      7. 5.1.7 3D Printing

      8. 5.1.8 Other Technologies

    2. 5.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Manufacturing

      2. 5.2.2 Automotive

      3. 5.2.3 Oil and Gas

      4. 5.2.4 Energy and Utilities

      5. 5.2.5 Electronics and Foundry

      6. 5.2.6 Food and Beverage

      7. 5.2.7 Aerospace and Defense

      8. 5.2.8 Other End-user Industries (Other Process Industries and Industrial Processing industries)

    3. 5.3 By Country

      1. 5.3.1 China

      2. 5.3.2 South Korea

      3. 5.3.3 Japan

      4. 5.3.4 India

      5. 5.3.5 Indonesia

      6. 5.3.6 Rest of Asia


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Mitsubishi Electric

      2. 6.1.2 Omron Corporation

      3. 6.1.3 Yokogawa Electric Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Fanuc Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Yaskawa Electric Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Robert Bosch GmbH

      7. 6.1.7 General Electric Company

      8. 6.1.8 ABB Ltd

      9. 6.1.9 Cisco Systems Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Intel Corporation

      11. 6.1.11 IBM Corporation

      12. 6.1.12 Denso Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Asia Industry 4.0 Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Asia Industry 4.0 Market is growing at a CAGR of 23.41% over the next 5 years.

Mitsubishi Electric, Omron Corporation, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Fanuc Corporation, Yaskawa Electric Corporation are the major companies operating in Asia Industry 4.0 Market.

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