Safety Programmable Controller Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Safety Programmable Controller Market is Segmented by Type (Modular, Compact), End User (Automotive, Energy and Power, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Semiconductors, Food and Beverage, Oil and Gas), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

safety programmable controllers market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.5 %

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Market Overview

The safety programmable controller market was valued at USD 6.46 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach a market value of USD 9.41 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period (2021-2026). The combination of PLC, motion control, and human-machine interface (HMI) programming into one environment is a trend that will progress over the next several years. It will reduce the learning curve and less total development time, which will drive the growth of the market.

  • Increased adoption of automation systems, coupled with safety awareness, is driving the market. PLCs can be easily reprogrammed and designed to the wanted characteristics and it is possible to embed multiple devices, like memory shells and timers, in one PLC by which it is very easy to control and manage energy costs with quality improvement and reduced production cost.
  • Demand for safety equipment and the need for simplified configuration is driving the market. Safety PLC combine the functionality of a control system with a safety system in one controller platform, allowing manufacturers to greatly reduce machine life cycle costs. Safety system designs utilizing safety PLCs deliver multiple layers of protection that work together to provide a safe control system. When unexpected events arise, each layer can mitigate the effect of the fault. Safety PLCs from Siemens have led the way creating this "Layers of Protection" concept, achieving the level of protection required for the controller to earn a SIL 3 safety rating.

However, safety PLCs are very expensive and require high initial investment compared to standard PLC counterparts, including hardware, software and services costs, which could hinder the growth of the market.

Scope of the Report

The safety programmable controllers market contains integrated safety functions that allow it to control safety systems in various applications. Due to the need for functional flexibility, demand for safety equipment, industry safety standards, and cost-effective systems, the market is growing by segmenting in applications, such as automotive, energy and power, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, oil and gas, etc.

By Type
Other Types
By End User
Energy and Power
Food and Beverage
Oil and Gas
Other End Users
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Oil and Gas Industry to Witness a Significant Growth

  • In the oil and gas industry processes, there is usually a great demand for safety and reliability and according to the US Energy Information Administration, the world’s annual energy consumption of oil and gas is projected to increase steadily from less than 200 quadrillion BTU in 2015 to nearly 250 quadrillion BTU by 2040.
  • The oil and refinery gas industry is a mostly manual system with many risks, such as explosion hazards, fire hazards, lightning, radiation, etc. 
  • With demand continuing to grow, oil and gas producers need to find new and better ways to capture the energy and their increment in capital spending is mainly on new control equipment for better safety, reliability, and low energy consumption.
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North America to Register a Significant Growth Rate

  • North America is estimated to hold a major share in the market, owing to rise in industrial investment in the mining and oil and gas sectors, which fueled the utilization of safety programmable controllers, thereby propelling the market growth.
  • The current trend of adopting automation and specific benefits, such as better diagnostics capabilities and reduced machine downtime, are other drivers, which are expected to contribute to the growth of the market over the forecast period, in this region.
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Competitive Landscape

The safety programmable controller market is fragmented and the major players have used various strategies, such as new product launches, expansions, joint ventures, partnerships, and others, to increase their footprint in this market for sustainability in the long run. The key players are Rockwell Automation, ABB Group, Siemens AG, etc. Recent developments in the market are -

  • May 2019 - nVent Electric PLC, a global leader in electrical connection and protection solutions, launched nVent’s RAYCHEM Elexant 4010i, the first smart, connected controller from the Elexant family. It is designed to provide a safe, reliable, and flexible control solution for industrial applications and the Elexant 4010i makes the control and maintenance of heat tracing technology smarter, safer and more cost-effective.


Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increased Adoption of Automation Systems

      2. 4.3.2 Demand for Safe Equipment and Need for Simplified Configuration

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Higher Initial Investments

    5. 4.5 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Modular

      2. 5.1.2 Compact

      3. 5.1.3 Other Types

    2. 5.2 By End User

      1. 5.2.1 Automotive

      2. 5.2.2 Energy and Power

      3. 5.2.3 Manufacturing

      4. 5.2.4 Pharmaceutical

      5. 5.2.5 Semiconductors

      6. 5.2.6 Food and Beverage

      7. 5.2.7 Oil and Gas

      8. 5.2.8 Other End Users

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Rockwell Automation

      2. 6.1.2 ABB Group

      3. 6.1.3 Siemens AG

      4. 6.1.4 Schneider Electric SE

      5. 6.1.5 Treotham

      6. 6.1.6 ASTRE Engineering

      7. 6.1.7 SICK Group

      8. 6.1.8 Mistubishi Electric Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 IDEC Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Omron Corporation

      11. 6.1.11 Leuze electronic GmbH

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Safety Programmable Controller Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Safety Programmable Controller Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.5% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Rockwell Automation, ABB Group, Siemens AG, Schneider Electric SE, Treotham are the major companies operating in Safety Programmable Controller Market.

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