Europe Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The market is segmented by Type (Hardware and Software, Service), End-user Industry (Food, Tobacco, and Beverage, Automotive, Chemical and Petrochemical, Energy and Utilities, Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas), and Country.

Europe Programmable Logic Controller Industry Overview

Europe plc summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 2.6 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Europe Programmable Logic Controller Market Analysis

The European PLC market was valued at USD 3736.1 million in 2020 and is expected to register a CAGR of 2.6%, during the forecast period 2021 - 2026 to reach USD 4482.26 million by 2026. Europe’s higher investment levels, since 2016, in industrial IoT have made the region maintain its lead among the other regions, such as the United States and Asia.

  • The evolution of technological advancements and innovations across various manufacturing units have encouraged the adoption of automation technologies. Digitization and Industry 4.0 revolution have significantly stimulated the growth of automation among European industries, by necessitating the use of smarter and automated solutions, such as control systems and robotics, to improve production processes
  • The industrial PLC security issues are nearly as common as the PLCs. This is due to the fact that these devices are connected through a network, which controls critical infrastructures within the industrial set up. PLCs might make use of a web-based interface, which further increases the vulnerability of the PLCs.

Europe Programmable Logic Controller Industry Segments

A programmable logic controller (PLC) or programmable controller is a digital computer used for the automation of industrial processes, such as control of machinery on factory assembly lines. The PLC market is strongly impacted by the industrial output and the investment funneled into computers and software. These PLC systems have traditionally been the foundation of both process and discrete factory automation. 

By Type
Hardware and Software
Large PLC
Nano PLC
Small PLC
Medium PLC
Other Hardware Types
By End-user Industry
Food, Tobacco, and Beverage
Chemical and Petrochemical
Energy and Utilities
Oil and Gas
Other End-user Industries
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Europe Programmable Logic Controller Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Europe Programmable Logic Controller Market according to our research experts:

Oil and Gas Industry to Occupy the Major Market Share

  • Recovering crude oil prices are leading to increased upstream activities, especially in the CIS region. It is estimated that Russia also has a capex of over USD 160 billion till 2025, with over 29 new development projects expected to begin over the forecast period.
  • Projects, such as the Prirazlomnoye Field, Baltic LNG, and Sakhalin III are expected to contribute to the current demand for PLCs in the region.
  • According to the latest oil and gas workforce report published by Oil and Gas UK, there are just 3032 active drillers in the country. As a result, many ongoing projects are forced to automate several operations to adjust to these factors.
  • The region’s existing infrastructure requires storage and refining capacity expansions, in order to ensure the substantiality of its imports of either LNG or pipeline gas. These operations are further expected to provide considerable opportunities for the PLC market in the region.
Crude oil production

Germany to Witness the Highest Growth

  • The automotive industry is one of the largest sources of demand for PLCs in the country. The German automotive industry is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the world.
  • Several leading vendors of automation and control equipment, such as Schneider Electric, Siemens Kuka, etc., are based in Germany, thus, driving a high flow of investments toward R&D activities. As a result, the country has a high degree of automation in most of its end- user industries.
  • The country also has a large number of robots. According to the recent estimates of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Germany has the most robot density in the world (294 units per 10,000 workers),
  • According to the VDMA + Robotics Automation Organization, the robotics and automation turnover in Germany increased by 4.17% in 2018, when compared to that in 2017. Thus, the huge scope of PLCs in Germany can be estimated from this data. 

Europe Programmable Logic Controller Market Competitor Analysis

The market consists of long-standing established players like ABB, Rockwell, and Honeywell, which have made significant investments to improve the product technology. The high competitive rivalry would also pose significant entry barriers, thus decreasing the threat of new entrants.

  • March 2019 - Mitsubishi Electric announced the establishment of the new company, MELCO Factory Automation Philippines Inc. (MELAP) in the Philippines. The new establishment was made to further expand Mitsubishi Electric's factory automation (FA) business in the country.
  • November 2018 - ABB announced the release of Freelance 2019, the latest version of its distributed control system (DCS) solution, which combines the DCS with PLCs. Freelance 2019, specially designed for process industries, includes enhanced security required for Industry 4.0 applications.
  • April 2018 - Bosch planned to invest EUR 100 million in the new manufacturing plant in central Mexico, focusing on strengthening the local presence in North America.

Europe Programmable Logic Controller Market Top Players

  1. ABB Ltd

  2. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

  3. Schneider Electric SE

  4. Rockwell Automation

  5. Siemens AG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


Europe Programmable Logic Controller Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study





    1. 5.1 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    2. 5.2 Market Drivers

      1. 5.2.1 Growth in Manufacturing and Investments in Automation is Driving the Market Growth

    3. 5.3 Market Restraints

      1. 5.3.1 Security Concerns and Preference Towards Distributed Control Systems Might Hinder the Market Growth

    4. 5.4 Value Chain Analysis

    5. 5.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 5.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 5.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 5.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 5.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Hardware and Software

        1. Large PLC

        2. Nano PLC

        3. Small PLC

        4. Medium PLC

        5. Other Hardware Types

      2. 6.1.2 Service

    2. 6.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.2.1 Food, Tobacco, and Beverage

      2. 6.2.2 Automotive

      3. 6.2.3 Chemical and Petrochemical

      4. 6.2.4 Energy and Utilities

      5. 6.2.5 Pharmaceutical

      6. 6.2.6 Oil and Gas

      7. 6.2.7 Other End-user Industries

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 ABB Ltd

      2. 7.1.2 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

      3. 7.1.3 Schneider Electric SE

      4. 7.1.4 Rockwell Automation

      5. 7.1.5 Siemens AG

      6. 7.1.6 Honeywell International Inc.

      7. 7.1.7 Omron Corporation

      8. 7.1.8 Panasonic Corporation

      9. 7.1.9 Robert Bosch GmbH

      10. 7.1.10 Emerson Electric Co.

      11. 7.1.11 Hitachi Ltd

      12. 7.1.12 General Electric Co.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Europe Programmable Logic Controller Market Research FAQs

The Europe PLC Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Europe PLC Market is growing at a CAGR of 2.6% over the next 5 years.

ABB Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Schneider Electric SE, Rockwell Automation, Siemens AG are the major companies operating in Europe PLC Market.

Europe PLC Industry Reports

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the Europe PLC sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The Europe PLC research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the Europe PLC report PDF.

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