Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market is segmented by Communication Protocol (Wired, Wireless), by System Type (System Hardware (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), Distributed Control System (DCS), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Valves and Actuators, Electric Motors, Human Machine Interface (HMI), Process Safety Systems, Sensors and Transmitters), by System Software (APC (Standalone and Customized Solutions) (Advanced Regulatory Control, Multivariable Model, Inferential and Sequential), Data Analytics and Reporting-based Software)), by End-user Industry (Oil and Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical, Power and Utilities, Water and Wastewater, Food and Beverage, Paper and Pulp, Pharmaceutical), and by Country.

Market Snapshot

Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.21 %

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Market Overview

The Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.21% during the forecast period. Automation has become an essential part of modern manufacturing and industrial processes. It helps enterprises to realize the priorities above. Companies in the region are automating their operations with the help of different technologies like SCADA, DCS, MES, and PLC. The demand for these technologies is escalating, and many vendors are manufacturing solutions to help enterprises achieve higher efficiency in their manufacturing processes.

  • Automation of manufacturing processes offers various benefits, such as effortless monitoring, reduction of waste, and production speed. This technology provides customers an improved quality with standardization and dependable products within time and at a much lower cost.
  • Further, connecting the industrial machinery and equipment and obtaining real-time data have played a vital role in the adoption of SCADA, HMI, PLC systems, and software that offer visualization; thus enables reducing the faults in the product, reducing downtime, scheduling maintenance, and switching from being in the reactive state to predictive and prescriptive stages for decision-making.
  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Industrial 4.0 are at the center of new technological approaches for the development, production, and management of the entire logistics chain, otherwise known as smart factory automation, and are dominating trends in the industrial sector, with machinery and devices being connected via the internet.
  • Further, modernizing internal processes with automation and better access to information about operations and maintenance will help the industry streamline production and distribution and allow for a higher yield in the region.
  • Increased government spending on new technologies is expected to make Saudi Arabia one of the major countries in the Middle East in the factory Automation and industrial control system industry. As a result, industry 4.0 is important for the future of national automation and manufacturing.
  • Saudi Arabia's 2030 vision aims for a new phase of industry and automation by exploiting the kingdom's position, strategic partnerships, energy resources, and logistics. It also seeks to automate the kingdom's renewable energy and industrial manufacturing sectors by 2030 and manufacture 50% of the kingdom's needs within the kingdom.
  • Due to COVID-19, the country-wide lockdown inflicted by the governments to minimize the spread of the virus impacted the growth of industries.​ The pandemic forced businesses to adhere to strict requirements to ensure the ongoing safety of their employees and customers. As a result, the need for automation witnessed a sudden spike. This is expected to be observed as a notable trend in the foreseeable future, as automation could become the new normal.​

Scope of the report

The Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market is segmented by Communication Protocol (Wired, Wireless), by System Type (System Hardware (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), Distributed Control System (DCS), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Valves and Actuators, Electric Motors, Human Machine Interface (HMI), Process Safety Systems, Sensors and Transmitters), by System Software (APC (Standalone and Customized Solutions) (Advanced Regulatory Control, Multivariable Model, Inferential and Sequential), Data Analytics and Reporting-based Software)), by End-user Industry (Oil and Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical, Power and Utilities, Water and Wastewater, Food and Beverage, Paper and Pulp, Pharmaceutical), and by Country.

By Communication Protocol
Wired
Wireless
By System Type
By System Hardware
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA)
Distributed Control System (DCS)
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
Valves and Actuators
Electric Motors
Human Machine Interface (HMI)
Process Safety Systems
Sensors and Transmitters
By System Software
APC (Standalone and Customized Solutions)
Advanced Regulatory Control
Multivariable Model
Inferential and Sequential
Data Analytics and Reporting-based Software
Other Software and Services
By End-User Industry
Oil and Gas
Chemical and Petrochemical
Power and Utilities
Water and Wastewater
Food and Beverage
Paper and Pulp
Pharmaceutical
Other End-User Industries
By Country
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Oil and Gas Industry is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share

  • Automation is a significant driver and trend in the oil and gas industry. Digitization, automation, and advanced technologies give operators and technicians immediate access to critical performance, asset conditions, and technical information. Oil and Gas companies in the region are increasingly adopting process automation tools to enhance decision-making, troubleshooting, and performance efficiency.
  • According to the International Trade Administration, in July 2022, Saudi Arabia had the second-largest proven oil reserves in the world. Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemicals companies, operates along two major segments: Upstream and Downstream.
  • Additionally, the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry involves several drilling activities that need to meet stringent government regulations and require intense planning, to cut down operational costs. Often, the industry deals with vast sets of spatial data to make several decisions. Several process automation tools and analytical engines are employed to harness the full power of spatial data.
  • The Middle East Oil and Gas companies often face challenges transitioning to more renewable sources. To meet the demand in diverse situations, energy companies must focus on innovative technologies like process automation within their business models to embrace innovation and increase efficiency.
  • Moreover, there is surging demand for safety and reliability in the oil and gas industry processes. The industry's supply chain creates a significant demand for automation, industry expertise, and an extensive partner network. Process automation helps oil and gas producers integrate information, control power, and provide safety solutions to respond to the dynamic global demand.
  • With the fluctuation in crude oil prices, several oil and gas companies focus on minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency throughout the distribution chain. To sustain in the rising competitive environment and decrease the retail margins, they need to optimize several processes in multiple sectors.
Middle east and Africa Process Automation Market

United Arab Emirates is Expected to Account For Significant Market Share

  • Fuelled by Industry 4.0, UAE continues to innovate and consolidate its position in the global market in the factory automation and industrial control systems industry. The embracing of smart technologies in the studied market has also positively impacted the national economy.
  • In the United Arab Emirates, the construction industry plays an essential role in the economic upliftment and development of the country. SCADA is being increasingly used in the construction industry. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) allows the users to control the industrial operation on-site and remotely. The advantage of SCADA being used in the construction industry lies in the ability to monitor and gather data in real time and then process it for industrial usage.
  • Increased global manufacturing integration is raising the pressure for automation investment, as cost minimization with quality maximization looms ever more significantly as an operating paradigm for Arab manufacturers.
  • With cyber-attacks increasing in smart factories in UAE, there is growing concern about using Industrial Control Systems. The government also has plans to curb the rise of such crimes. This aligns with the growing trend of industrial control systems manufactured in the country for smart factories to avoid the risk of cybersecurity breaches.
  • Further, technologies such as process discovery, process optimization, process intelligence, and process orchestration are becoming a more significant part of Robotic Process Automation (RPA). There is an ongoing trend of increasing a closer relationship between business process management (BPM) and RPA in the future.
  • Moreover, with investment roll-outs by the government to revive the pandemic that hit the UAE economy, infrastructure and the electronics industry are marked as the primary beneficiaries, alongside the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. The infrastructure and electronics industry are heavy users of industrial control systems' hardware products and software solutions and are expected to have a direct positive effect.
Middle East and Africa Process Automation System

Competitive Landscape

The Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market is very competitive in nature. The market is highly concentrated due to the presence of various small and large players. All the major players are focusing on expanding their consumer base across the world. Some of the significant players in the market are ABB Ltd, Siemens AG, Schneider Electric, Emerson Electric Co., Honeywell International Inc., General Electric Co., Mitsubishi Electric, Fuji Electric, and many more. The companies are increasing the market share by forming multiple partnerships and investing in introducing new solutions to earn a competitive edge during the forecast period.

  • June 2022 - Emerson, a global provider of industrial automation technology and software, announced an association with Jotun to automate and digitalize global manufacturing facilities. This will enable Jotun to implement Emerson's digital technologies to enhance all aspects of manufacturing automation in new factories and for selected upgrades in some of the 39 existing factories worldwide.
  • February 2022 - ABB partnered with INTECH Process Automation. ABB named system integrator and automation solution provider INTECH Process Automation UAE as ABB Value Provider (AVP) for the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. INTECH Process Automation Inc. is a system integrator and industrial automation company. The ABB's Value Provider program ensures that the services customers receive from AVPs meet the high-quality standards of ABB products both globally and locally.

Recent Development

  • April 2022 - Honeywell drives digitalization through the suite of process automation solutions for petroleum development Oman(PDO) for the growing industry demand. The company announced that Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is deploying a wide range of technologies to modernize and standardize the Government Gas Plant (GGP) control system architecture in northern Oman. Honeywell Process Solutions is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation, and services for the oil and gas, refining, energy, pulp and paper, industrial power generation, chemicals and petrochemicals, biofuels, life sciences, and metals, minerals, and mining industries.
  • March 2022 - GE Digital, a subsidiary of GE, announced upgrades to iFIX HMI/SCADA, the company’s high-performance automation software that delivers faster time to insight and greater efficiency for industrial operations. iFIX 2022 offers new capabilities to reduce time to solution, decrease the total cost of ownership, and empower the connected worker. These enhancements include modeling improvements to support equipment variability, simplified browsing of PLC and control systems through OPC UA and IGS, and faster updates with the software’s Quick Installer.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Impact of COVID-19 on the Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growing Emphasis on Energy Efficiency & Cost Reduction

      2. 5.1.2 Demand for Safety Automation Systems

      3. 5.1.3 Emergence of IIoT

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Cost & Implementation Challenges

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Communication Protocol

      1. 6.1.1 Wired

      2. 6.1.2 Wireless

    2. 6.2 By System Type

      1. 6.2.1 By System Hardware

        1. 6.2.1.1 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA)

        2. 6.2.1.2 Distributed Control System (DCS)

        3. 6.2.1.3 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

        4. 6.2.1.4 Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

        5. 6.2.1.5 Valves and Actuators

        6. 6.2.1.6 Electric Motors

        7. 6.2.1.7 Human Machine Interface (HMI)

        8. 6.2.1.8 Process Safety Systems

        9. 6.2.1.9 Sensors and Transmitters

      2. 6.2.2 By System Software

        1. 6.2.2.1 APC (Standalone and Customized Solutions)

          1. 6.2.2.1.1 Advanced Regulatory Control

          2. 6.2.2.1.2 Multivariable Model

          3. 6.2.2.1.3 Inferential and Sequential

        2. 6.2.2.2 Data Analytics and Reporting-based Software

        3. 6.2.2.3 Other Software and Services

    3. 6.3 By End-User Industry

      1. 6.3.1 Oil and Gas

      2. 6.3.2 Chemical and Petrochemical

      3. 6.3.3 Power and Utilities

      4. 6.3.4 Water and Wastewater

      5. 6.3.5 Food and Beverage

      6. 6.3.6 Paper and Pulp

      7. 6.3.7 Pharmaceutical

      8. 6.3.8 Other End-User Industries

    4. 6.4 By Country

      1. 6.4.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 6.4.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 6.4.3 South Africa

      4. 6.4.4 Rest of Middle East and Africa

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 ABB Ltd

      2. 7.1.2 Siemens AG

      3. 7.1.3 Schneider Electric

      4. 7.1.4 Emerson Electric Co.

      5. 7.1.5 Honeywell International Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 General Electric

      7. 7.1.7 Mitsubishi Electric

      8. 7.1.8 Fuji Electric

      9. 7.1.9 Eaton Corporation

      10. 7.1.10 Delta Electronics, Inc

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.21% over the next 5 years.

ABB Ltd, Siemens AG, Emerson Electric Co., Schneider Electric, Honeywell International Inc. are the major companies operating in Middle East and Africa Process Automation Market.

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