Global Smart Manufacturing Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Global Smart Manufacturing Market is segmented by Technology (Programmable Logic Controller, Supervisory Controller, and Data Acquisition, Enterprise Resource, and Planning, Distributed Control System, Human Machine Interface, Product Lifecycle Management, Manufacturing Execution System, Others), Component (Machine Vision System, Control Devices, Robotics, Communication Segment, Sensor, Others), End-user Industry (Automotive, Semiconductor, Oil and Gas, Chemical & Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace and Defense, Food and Beverage, Metals and Mining, Others), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Smart Manufacturing Market Overview
Study Period: 2019- 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.75 %

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Market Overview

The Global Smart Manufacturing Market (henceforth referred to as the market studied) was valued at USD 172.60 Billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 236.12 Billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.75% during the forecast period, 2020-2026. The outbreak of COVID-19 has triggered the manufacturing sector to re-evaluate its traditional production processes, primarily driving the digital transformation and smart manufacturing practices across the production lines. The manufacturers are also collectively being forced to devise and implement multiple new and agile approaches to monitor product and quality control. The pandemic has also created economic turmoil for small, medium, and large-scale industries alike across the globe. Adding to the woes, country-wise lockdowns have been inflicted by the governments to minimize the spread of the virus has further resulted in industries taking a hit. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has forced businesses to adhere to strict requirements to ensure the ongoing safety of their employees and customers alike. As a result, the need for automation has witnessed a sudden spike. This could be observed as a notable trend in the foreseeable future.

  • Industry 4.0 has been aiding the transition of industries from having legacy systems to smart components and smart machines to facilitate digital factories, and later, to an ecosystem of connected plants and enterprises. Anticipating the increased adoption of IoT and digital transformation across industries, the European Commission estimated that the value of IoT in Europe itself is expected to exceed EUR 1 trillion in 2020.
  • Smart manufacturing initiatives are also on the rise. Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), a combination of US‐based industrial organizations, technology suppliers, laboratories, and universities, is currently working on next-generation Smart Manufacturing Platform and Smart Factory connectivity. Similarly, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), another industry‐led initiative, was established to bring together advanced technologies and organizations necessary to accelerate the growth of industrial automation.
  • The use of software and services, such as PLC, SCADA, ERP, DCS, HMI, PLM, and MES, has enabled the industries to gather real-time data and make decisions based on them. This software has been beneficial for the industry in reducing the faults in the product, reducing downtime, scheduled maintenance, and switch, from being in the reactive state to predictive and prescriptive stages and decision making.
  • The adoption of international standards on environmental management systems, notably the ISO 50001 standard, has grown significantly over the last few years. This is also forcing manufacturers to invest in energy-saving strategies, hence, developing space for the market studied to grow.
  • Smart manufacturing also utilizes Big Data analytics to refine complicated processes and manage supply chains. Big Data analytics allows an enterprise to use smart manufacturing to shift from reactionary practices to predictive ones, a change that targets improving the efficiency of the process and performance of the product.
  • Moreover, the rise of Industry 4.0 and the IIoT has made the market more accessible, as it has become easier to turn machines in the manufacturing industry into a form of smart and connected. It has made manufacturing processes and stages available through one control center, wearables, increasing its accessibility, improving the operational processes, and ease of use.

Scope of the Report

Smart manufacturing utilizes Big Data analytics to refine complicated processes and manage supply chains. Big data analytics allows an enterprise to use smart manufacturing to shift from reactionary practices to predictive ones, a change that targets improved efficiency of the process and performance of the product.

By Technology
Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
Supervisory Controller and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
Enterprise Resource and Planning (ERP)
Distributed Control System (DCS)
Human Machine Interface (HMI)
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
Other Technologies
By Component
Machine Vision Systems
Control Device
Communication Segment
Other Components
By End-user Industry
Oil and Gas
Chemical and Petrochemical
Aerospace and Defense
Food and Beverage
Metals and Mining
Other End-user Industries
By Geography
North America
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of AP
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Automotive Industry is Expected to Drive the Market Growth

  • Automotive manufacturing is expected to gain strong impetus from smart technologies, Industry 4.0, IoT, etc. For instance, discrete manufacturing is the manufacturing or production of distinct parts that can be individually touched and counted. The parts are mainly related to assembly lines. Discrete manufacturing includes products, such as cars, automotive parts, etc., that are getting increasingly connected.
  • Smart manufacturing is expected to help in balancing supply and demand, enhancing product design, optimizing manufacturing efficiency, and significantly reducing waste. Field devices, like robotics, sensors, etc., and ICS offer opportunities to the automotive sector to react faster to market requirements, reduce manufacturing downtimes, and enhance the efficiency of supply chains, and expand productivity.
  • Smart manufacturing addresses the prime concern of the automotive industry, i.e., the length of a project. Quick return-on-investment projects combined with low-cost automation and cost innovation are helping manufacturers in improving competitiveness through productivity improvement.
  • For the past 50 years, the automotive industry has been using robots in its assembly lines for various manufacturing processes. Currently, automakers are exploring the use of robotics in more processes. Robots are more efficient, flexible, accurate, and dependable for these product lines. This technology enables the automotive industry to remain one of the largest robot users and possess one of the most automated supply chains globally. Industrial data suggests that automotive manufacturers expect that 24% of their plants will be smart factories by 2022, and 49% of automakers have already invested more than USD 250 million in smart factories.
  • For instance, International Automotive Components (IAC) had earlier implemented manufacturing 4.0 and smart factory applications at its UK site in Halewood, England. The new application is expected to deploy smart logistics, cross-company integration, and collaborative robots (cobots).​
  • Further, the growing presence of robots and automation in the European automotive industries is further expected to fuel the market for smart factories in the region. For instance, PSA Group, Europe's second-largest car manufacturer, has been modernizing its European manufacturing sites with Universal Robots' UR10 collaborative robots.
  • According to UBS, the projected electric vehicle sales in Europe are expected to reach 6.33 million units by 2025, followed by China, with 4.84 million units. As Europe and Asia-Pacific are leading the electric vehicles demand, the regions are anticipated to see an increase in smart automotive factories' implementation.
Global Smart Manufacturing Market

China to Occupy Maximum Market Share

  • China's manufacturing industry has retained higher growth over the past decade and has become the largest manufacturing country on a global scale. In several industries, including steel, most of the global production comes from China.
  • Manufacturing is one of the prominent features of China's economy, and it is undergoing a rapid transformation. This large-scale transformation has aided the country in being a leading nation in the manufacturing market globally.​
  • The uptake of smart manufacturing is also boosted by Industry 4.0 in the country. As per the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China is likely to initiate 100 smart manufacturing pilot projects in 2018. According to the 13th Five-Year Plan of Smart Manufacturing, China aims to establish its intelligent manufacturing system and complete the key industries' transformation by 2025.
  • Traditionally seen as the world's manufacturing factory, China has spent significant effort to transform from (cheap) labor-intensive manufacturing to high-end manufacturing through digitalization and industrialization. According to GSMA, China may account for one-third of the global IIoT market by 2025.​
  • Moreover, at the 2020 National People's Congress, the CCP announced that in addition to doubling down on its Made in China 2025 and China Standards 2035 initiatives, it might spend approximately USD 1.4 trillion on a digital infrastructure public spending program. China's New Infrastructure initiative presents exciting opportunities for global companies. Many smart factory adopters in different sectors need to enhance their manufacturing capabilities, such as new energy vehicles, railway, 5G equipment, logistics, and healthcare.
  • China has been the largest market for the robotics industry since 2012, and the country shows no signs of a slowdown. In fact, the country is on the exact path of becoming a leader in technology and automation by 2020, as targeted by the country's Made in China 2025 policies.​
  • Thus, regional players are focusing on improving their manufacturing capabilities by upgrading to smart manufacturing techniques. For instance, in August 2020, Siasun Robot & Automation Co. Ltd, one of China's largest robotics manufacturers, implemented Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software to modernize its IT infrastructure and drive continuous business innovation and digital. With Nutanix, Siasun can support the application of 3D cloud desktops for product design, research, and development.
Global Smart Manufacturing Market

Competitive Landscape

The smart manufacturing market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. The major players with prominent shares in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. The companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and profitability. The companies operating in the market are also acquiring start-ups working on autonomous delivery robot technologies to strengthen their product capabilities.

  • June 2021 - Honeywell Automation India Limited announced that Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (DFPCL) selected Honeywell technology to convert their sprawling facility in Taloja, Maharashtra, into a Smart Factory. Honeywell also provided DFPCL with Managed Security Services, which will reduce the risk and impact of cyber-related disruptions and enable safer management of key elements of their ICS and OT.
  • March 2021 - FANUC and Rockwell Automation formed a coalition to address the manufacturing skills gap with robotics and automation apprenticeship programs designed to upskill current and future workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing, robotics, and automation. The coalition has developed new apprenticeship programs offering people opportunities to gain credentials that include fundamental robotics (Robot Operator) and automation (PLC Operator). The program offers a second level of credentials for Robot and PLC Technicians.
  • July 2020- Siemens and SAP announced a new partnership that would leverage their industry expertise and bring together their complementary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain, and asset management so their customers can deliver innovation and collaborative business models that will accelerate industry transformation. Through this agreement, both SAP and Siemens will be able to complement and integrate their respective offerings to offer customers the first truly integrated and enhanced solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM), supply chain, service, and asset management.

Recent Developments

  • September 2020 - FANUC added the third variation to its growing SCARA robot line-up: the SR-12iA. The company's SCARA can carry payloads of up to 12kg. The robot features wrist inertia of 0.30kgm2 and a small footprint. Like all FANUC robots, the SR-12iA comes with FANUC's various software and features.
  • July 2020 - ABB opened a new robotics facility to support the digital transformation of manufacturing in India. The facility is expected to offer Indian customers the benefits of Industry 4.0, including robotics and digitalization technologies, to help India become a resilient high-tech manufacturing economy in the world.
  • July 2020 - Vivo inaugurated its new smart manufacturing plant in China. The plant is located in Changan Town, China, and will produce 70 million units every year. Vivo's new smart manufacturing plant plays a big part in its efforts to be a wholly self-developed and self-produced smartphone vendor.

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 Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Assessment of COVID-19 Impact on the industry


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Demand for Automation to Achieve Efficiency and Quality

      2. 5.1.2 Need for Compliance and Government Support for Digitization

      3. 5.1.3 Proliferation of Internet of Things

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Concerns Regarding Data Security

      2. 5.2.2 High Initial Installation Costs and Lack of Skilled Workforce Preventing Enterprises from Full-scale Adoption


    1. 6.1 By Technology

      1. 6.1.1 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)

      2. 6.1.2 Supervisory Controller and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

      3. 6.1.3 Enterprise Resource and Planning (ERP)

      4. 6.1.4 Distributed Control System (DCS)

      5. 6.1.5 Human Machine Interface (HMI)

      6. 6.1.6 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

      7. 6.1.7 Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

      8. 6.1.8 Other Technologies

    2. 6.2 By Component

      1. 6.2.1 Machine Vision Systems

      2. 6.2.2 Control Device

      3. 6.2.3 Robotics

      4. 6.2.4 Communication Segment

      5. 6.2.5 Sensor

      6. 6.2.6 Other Components

    3. 6.3 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.3.1 Automotive

      2. 6.3.2 Semiconductors

      3. 6.3.3 Oil and Gas

      4. 6.3.4 Chemical and Petrochemical

      5. 6.3.5 Pharmaceutical

      6. 6.3.6 Aerospace and Defense

      7. 6.3.7 Food and Beverage

      8. 6.3.8 Metals and Mining

      9. 6.3.9 Other End-user Industries

    4. 6.4 By Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of AP

      4. 6.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 6.4.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 ABB Ltd

      2. 7.1.2 Emerson Electric Company

      3. 7.1.3 Fanuc Corporation

      4. 7.1.4 General Electric Company

      5. 7.1.5 Honeywell International Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

      7. 7.1.7 Robert Bosch GmbH

      8. 7.1.8 Rockwell Automation Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 Schneider Electric SE

      10. 7.1.10 Siemens AG

      11. 7.1.11 Texas Instruments Incorporated

      12. 7.1.12 Yokogawa Electric Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Smart Manufacturing Market market is studied from 2019 - 2026.

The Global Smart Manufacturing Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.75% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2021.

General Electric Co., Texas Instruments Incorporated, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Emerson Electric Company, ABB Ltd. are the major companies operating in Global Smart Manufacturing Market.

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