Smart Factory Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Smart Factory Market is segmented by Product (Machine Vision Systems, Industrial Robotics, and Control Devices, Sensors, Communication Technologies), Technology (Enterprise Resource Planning, Product Lifecycle Management, Human Machine Interface, Manufacturing Execution System, Distributed Control System, Supervisory Controller and Data Acquisition, and Programmable Logic Controller), End-user Vertical (Automotive, Semiconductors, Oil and Gas, Chemical and Petroleum, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace and Defense, Food and Beverage, and Mining), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Smart Factory Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 9.33 %

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Market Overview

The Global Smart Factory Market was valued at USD 270.74 Billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 461.82 Billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 9.33% during the forecast period, 2021-2026.

  • The term ‘smart factory’ refers to the various fully integrated automation solutions adopted for manufacturing facilities. Such integration helps in streamlining the material flow during all the processes involved in the manufacturing, thus enabling effective movement of materials across the factory floor.
  • The adoption of smart systems can reduce the need for human labor, particularly in challenging environments. Quality control processes have historically relied on human intervention, but a greater availability of these smart factory systems, with more user-friendly controls, is expected to gain popularity in complex manufacturing settings.
  • Coupled with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and smart factories, where industrial devices are connected to each other via the internet, the sheer volume of real-time data (Big Data) would create means for Industry 4.0 to bring about a massive change, in the way modern-day control systems function.
  • The Maryville University estimates that by 2025, over 180 trillion gigabytes of data will be created worldwide every year. A large portion of this will be generated by IIoT-enabled industries. A survey by the Industrial IoT (IIoT) giant, Microsoft, found that 85% of companies have at least one IIoT use case project. This number will increase, as 94% of the respondents said they will implement IIoT strategies by 2021.

Scope of the Report

A smart factory is an environment where machines and equipment are able to improve processes through automation and self-optimization. The benefits also extend beyond the physical production of goods and into functions, like planning, supply chain logistics, and even product development. The smart factory market is segmented by product type, namely as machine vision systems and industrial robotics, among others, and by technology, which includes SCADA, PLC, and HMI, among others.

Machine Vision Systems
Frame Grabbers
Integration Services
Industrial Robotics
Articulated Robots
Cartesian Robots
Cylindrical Robots
SCARA Robots
Parallel Robots
Collaborative Industry Robots
Control Devices
Relays and Switches
Servo Motors and Drives
Communication Technologies
Other Products
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Human Machine Interface (HMI)
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
Other Technologies
End-user Vertical
Oil and Gas
Chemical and Petrochemical
Aerospace and Defense
Food and Beverage
Other End-user Verticals
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Adoption of IoT across the Value Chain

  • IoT is fruitful in applications, where faster development and real-time monitoring of quality are the vital factors ensuring greater benefits to the end user. The manufacturing sector is one such end user where real-time monitoring and feed back is vital for seamless manufacturing operations. IoT has numerous applications in the manufacturing sector. It can facilitate the production course in a plant, as IoT devices can automatically monitor development cycles and manage warehouses and inventories.
  • Massive shifts in manufacturing due to industry 4.0 and acceptance of IoT require enterprises to adopt agile, smarter, and innovative ways to advance the production, with technologies that complement and augment human labor with robotics, and reduce industrial accidents caused by a process failure.
  • According to Cisco, by 2022, machine-to-machine (M2M) connections that support IoT applications may account for more than half of the world's 28.5 billion connected devices.
  • System integrators and ICT consultants are leveraging these trends. For instance, in September 2019, Deloitte launched Smart Factory Fabric, a pre-configured suite of a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications and integrated services to accelerate smart factory transformations.
Smart Factory Market Recent Trends

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Asia-Pacific Occupies the Largest Market Share

  • Manufacturing is one of the pillars of China's economy and is undergoing a rapid transformation. As the population ages, along with rising labor costs, the legacy model based on inexpensive migrant workers is no longer sustainable.
  • It is reported that low-end manufacturing firms are moving to Southeast Asia to cut costs, which include automotive and electronics manufacturing companies. It is forecast that in the next five years, the automotive industry will expand 6 to 7%, annually.
  • 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 process of setting up manufacturing plants in India.
  • Japan's supplementary budget for the 2020 fiscal earmarked JPY 23.5 billion for companies that move production to the Southeast Asian countries. By expanding the subsidy program's scope, Japan aims to reduce its dependence on a particular region. It wants to build a system that can provide a stable supply of medical materials and electronic components, even during emergencies. This is expected to drive investment in the smart factory market in the region.
Smart Factory Market Growth Rate By Region

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Competitive Landscape

The smart factory market is a highly competitive market and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market, and the market is moving toward a consolidated stage. These major players in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging on strategic initiatives, like mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and product innovation to increase their market shares and profitability. The major players in the market are Siemens Ag, Schneider Electric SE, Honeywell international, and Robert Bosch GmbH, among others.

  • October 2020 - Rockwell Automation, Inc. acquired Oylo, a privately-held industrial cybersecurity services provider based in Barcelona, Spain. Oylo provides a broad range of industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity services and solutions, including assessments, turnkey implementations, managed services, and incident response.
  • June 2020 - Schneider Electric, announced the expansion of its partnerships to address the convergence of IT and OT. Bringing together system integrators with IT solution providers to build integrated industrial edge computing solutions, the expanded partnerships resulted in the immediate release of three programs including: new reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, and integrating solutions from Lenovo and Stratus; a learning path for system integrators; and a collaborative online community for learning and sharing opportunities within Schneider Electric Exchange.

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 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Impact of Covid-19 on the Market

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers

      1. 4.5.1 Growing Adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies across the Value Chain

      2. 4.5.2 Rising Demand for Energy Efficiency

    6. 4.6 Restraints

      1. 4.6.1 Huge Capital Investments for Transformations

      2. 4.6.2 Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks


    1. 5.1 Product

      1. 5.1.1 Machine Vision Systems

        1. Cameras

        2. Processors

        3. Software

        4. Enclosures

        5. Frame Grabbers

        6. Integration Services

        7. Lighting

      2. 5.1.2 Industrial Robotics

        1. Articulated Robots

        2. Cartesian Robots

        3. Cylindrical Robots

        4. SCARA Robots

        5. Parallel Robots

        6. Collaborative Industry Robots

      3. 5.1.3 Control Devices

        1. Relays and Switches

        2. Servo Motors and Drives

      4. 5.1.4 Sensors

      5. 5.1.5 Communication Technologies

        1. Wired

        2. Wireless

      6. 5.1.6 Other Products

    2. 5.2 Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

      2. 5.2.2 Human Machine Interface (HMI)

      3. 5.2.3 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

      4. 5.2.4 Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)

      5. 5.2.5 Distributed Control Systems (DCS)

      6. 5.2.6 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

      7. 5.2.7 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

      8. 5.2.8 Other Technologies

    3. 5.3 End-user Vertical

      1. 5.3.1 Automotive

      2. 5.3.2 Semiconductors

      3. 5.3.3 Oil and Gas

      4. 5.3.4 Chemical and Petrochemical

      5. 5.3.5 Pharmaceutical

      6. 5.3.6 Aerospace and Defense

      7. 5.3.7 Food and Beverage

      8. 5.3.8 Mining

      9. 5.3.9 Other End-user Verticals

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 FLIR Systems Inc

      2. 6.1.2 Emerson Electric Company

      3. 6.1.3 Fanuc Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Robert Bosch GmbH

      6. 6.1.6 Honeywell International Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Rockwell Automation Inc

      8. 6.1.8 Kuka AG

      9. 6.1.9 Yokogawa Electric Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Schneider Electric SE

      11. 6.1.11 Siemens AG

      12. 6.1.12 Cognex Corporation

      13. 6.1.13 ABB Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Smart Factory Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Smart Factory Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.33% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Siemens AG, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Honeywell International Inc., Emerson Electric Company are the major companies operating in Smart Factory Market.

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