Distributed Control Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Distributed control systems market is Segmented by Component (Hardware, Software, Services), End-User Vertical (Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Refining, Mining and Metals, Paper and Pulp) and Geography.

Distributed Control Systems Market Size

Distributed Control System Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.1 %

Major Players

Distributed Control System Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Distributed Control Systems Market Analysis

The distributed control systems market is expected to grow by registering a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period. The distributed control system market will be driven in the future by the tendency for manufacturers in the process industry to implement the best automation technologies in order to obtain a competitive edge in the current competitive environment.

  • The growing adoption of smart applications and IoT technologies are the key drivers for the market. With the increased adoption of smart devices, there is an increase in the demand for multifunctional microelectronics with reduced time delays and improved performance.
  • The process industry currently operates in a very complex environment, and the requirements for its control technology are correspondingly demanding. Control technology is a key lever for gaining a competitive edge in the process industry, all the more so if it can meet the tremendous challenges of both today and tomorrow. The latest iterations of DCS systems provide marked improvements over their predecessors regarding security, compatibility with the latest technology, and operator effectiveness, which drives the distributed control systems market.
  • The latest iterations of DCS systems provide marked improvements over their predecessors regarding security, compatibility with the newest technology, and operator effectiveness, which is a market driver for distributed control systems. Modern DCSs include new capabilities, such as asset diagnostics, performance monitoring, fleet management, alarm handling during the fault, prioritizing messages, and simplifying actions to be taken in the event of a failure. The purpose of the newer DCSs is to serve the entire lifetime of the power plant. The DCSs can be updated online, where updates and security patches are installed, and new features can be added without shutting down the plant.​
  • Moreover, DCS is often employed in batch-oriented or continuous method operations, such as oil purification, power generation, organic compound manufacturing, craft, food and drink manufacturing, pharmaceutical production, and cement. DCSs can control various instrumentality types, including variable speed drives, quality control systems, motor control centers (MCC), kilns, manufacturing equipment, and mining equipment.
  • One of the significant benefits of DCS systems is that the digital communication between distributed controllers, workstations, and other computing elements follows the peer-to-peer access principle. To achieve greater precision and control in process industries, like the petrochemical, nuclear, and oil and gas industries, there is an increasing demand for controllers which offer specified process tolerance around an identified set point.
  • These requirements have driven the adoption of DCS, as these systems provide lower operational complexity, project risk, and functionalities, like flexibility for agile manufacturing in highly demanding applications. The ability of DCS to integrate PLCs, turbomachinery controls, safety systems, third-party controls, and various other plant process controls for heat exchangers, feedwater heaters, and water quality, among others, further drives the adoption of DCS in the energy sector.
  • According to Wind Europe, due to COVID-19, delays were expected in many new wind farm projects, causing developers to miss the deployment deadlines in the auction systems and face financial penalties. The International Renewable Energy Agency stated that despite the pandemic threatening global supply chains in the power sector, it would not stop the industry from transitioning to net-zero CO2 emissions. The pandemic also showed how essential manufacturing automation is to modern industry functioning, with some fueled by social distancing and some by cyber threats. Social distancing measures have had a greater impact as they led the manufacturers to restructure their operations to rely more on robotics.

Distributed Control Systems Industry Segmentation

A distributed control system is a computerized control system for a process or plant, usually with a large number of control loops, in which autonomous controllers are distributed throughout the system, but there is central operator supervisory control. DCS technologies offer a range of solutions that are designed to control and monitor industrial production. These solutions are widely used across process industries in line with the general trend of using automation to increase overall efficiency and functioning.

The Distributed control systems market is Segmented by Component (Hardware, Software, Services), End-User Vertical (Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Refining, Mining and Metals, Paper and Pulp), and Geography.

By Component
By End-User Vertical
Power Generation
Oil & Gas
Mining and Metals
Paper and Pulp
Other End-User Verticals
North America
United States
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Distributed Control Systems Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Distributed Control Systems Market according to our research experts:

Services Constitute a Considerable Market Share

  • The services market in the DCS industry is the most intriguing of all the revenue stakeholders among the other components included in the report's scope.
  • Moreover, the top market suppliers continue to emphasize expanding capabilities for both project services and operations and maintenance services for continuous market expansion. The different components in the scope of services covered in the market report include project management services, non-contract maintenance, retrofits, and upgrades.
  • Due to an enormous increase in the number of distributed antenna systems service providers in the industry, the services market, which currently holds a significant part of the DCS market, is anticipated to develop at the fastest rate over the projection period.
  • With the rising awareness, industry players are focusing on deploying and executing IIoT strategies to enhance the DCS network services. Currently, the relationship has changed because sensors and other edge devices are far more capable, with some processing and communications abilities similar to a PC. Instead of acting in a passive listen-and-respond role, each device can perform more as a peer.
  • In addition, the main automation contractor (MAC) concept is increasingly becoming important in project services, where the supplier is responsible for all automation-related systems of the project.
  • The trend is growing in the majority of the large DCS projects. The services market encapsulates entities from the bottom of the pyramid, i.e., the spare parts and repairs, which prove to be helpful in system productivity, cost curtailment, and extension of the product life cycle and systems by reducing the uptime of production units, thus, efficiently delivering operational excellence.
Distributed Control System Market - American Tower Corporation Number of Owned Distributed Antenna System (DAS) sites Worldwide in 2021, by Country

North America Holds Significant Market Share

  • The rapidly growing shale gas industry in North America is expected to be a major driver of the Distributed Control Systems market in the region.
  • The shale gas percentage is expected to reach nearly 45% by 2035, which is likely to result in a parallel growth of the tightly integrated DCS market, which provides sustainability of the process through redundant controls in high-risk environments.
  • In addition, this market is currently challenged by reducing oil prices globally but can be relied upon to be a sizeable industry in the future. The requirement of a large amount of water in Shale gas extraction has created a market for DCS systems in water treatment facilities, resulting in a significant rise in the overall market.
  • Moreover, the chemicals sector in North America is benefiting from improved dependability, simplified remote monitoring, and lower installation costs. Additionally, several businesses in the chemicals sector are switching from outdated DCS systems to more advanced ones to improve production, efficiency, and safety and decrease human error.
  • The oil and gas industry in North America is process-driven, with ongoing operations and intricate monitoring methods. It is challenging for operators to keep an eye on and regulate the operation of the machinery used in the sector. Many North American businesses are implementing the usage of an HMI and a controller, or DCS, which enables operators to manage operations. These systems automate safety procedures, including alarm management systems, and perform equipment maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Distributed control systems have proven vital in managing nuclear power plants, further helping their market in the United States and continuously increasing its nuclear power plant capacity and numbers.
Distributed Control System Market - Growth Rate by Region (2022 - 2027)

Distributed Control Systems Industry Overview

There are several significant competitors in the competitive distributed control system market. Few of the big competitors now control the majority of the market in terms of market share. Major firms with a sizable market share are concentrating on growing their consumer base internationally. To improve their market share and profitability, many businesses are relying on strategic collaboration projects.

  • July 2022 - Emerson announced validating the Dragos Platform within its DeltaVTM distributed control system (DCS), providing organizations with greatly enhanced ICS/OT cybersecurity.

Distributed Control Systems Market Leaders

  1. ABB Ltd

  2. Honeywell International Inc.

  3. Siemens AG

  4. Schneider Electric

  5. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Distributed Control System Market Concentration

Distributed Control Systems Market News

  • May 2022 - ABB announced that it had been awarded a new contract by DS Smith to fulfill a vision of highly automated, connected, and secure operations at its Kemsley Mill in the UK. The Kent mill is the second largest recovered fiber-based paper operation in Europe, boasting an annual production capacity of over 840,000 tons. ABB is supporting the company's evolution with the ABB Ability System 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and paper machine drives upgrade across PM3, PM4 and PM6.

Distributed Control Systems Market Report - 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 Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Growing Energy Demand from Major Emerging Economies

      2. 4.3.2 Growing Adoption for Smart Applications and Iot Technologies

      3. 4.3.3 Modernization of Existing DCS Solutions will Contribute to the Growth Of Service Sector

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Growing Availability of Alternative Technologies in the Field of Process Automation

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Component

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

      2. 5.1.2 Software

      3. 5.1.3 Services

    2. 5.2 By End-User Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Power Generation

      2. 5.2.2 Oil & Gas

      3. 5.2.3 Chemicals

      4. 5.2.4 Refining

      5. 5.2.5 Mining and Metals

      6. 5.2.6 Paper and Pulp

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-User Verticals

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. UAE

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 ABB Ltd.

      2. 6.1.2 Honeywell International Corporation

      3. 6.1.3 Siemens AG

      4. 6.1.4 Schneider Electric

      5. 6.1.5 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Rockwell Automation

      7. 6.1.7 Emerson Electric Company

      8. 6.1.8 Metso (Valmet Oyj)

      9. 6.1.9 Omron Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Novatech Llc (Weir Group)

      11. 6.1.11 Azbil Corporation

      12. 6.1.12 Toshiba International

      13. 6.1.13 Yokogawa Electric Co.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Distributed Control Systems Market Research FAQs

The Distributed Control Systems Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Distributed Control Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

ABB Ltd, Honeywell International Inc., Siemens AG, Schneider Electric, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation are the major companies operating in Distributed Control Systems Market.

Distributed Control Systems Industry Report

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