United Kingdom Factory Automation and Industrial Control Systems Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

The United Kingdom Factory Automation and Industrial Control Systems Market is Segmented by Type (Industrial Control Systems and Field Devices) and End-User Industry (Oil and Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical, Power and Utilities, Food and Beverage, Automotive and Transportation, Pharmaceutical, and Other End-user Industries).

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7.66 %

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Market Overview

The UK factory automation and industrial controls market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.66% during the forecast period. Digitization and Industry 4.0 revolution have significantly stimulated the growth of automation among manufacturing industries by necessitating smarter and automated solutions, such as robotics and control systems, to improve production processes.

  • ​Automated factories and processes are capital-intensive investments. In order to be rebuilt for modification and design change, they require to be highly configurable and flexible. To reconfigure an entire production line or any manufacturing process, they require direct access to the control elements, switches, valves, motors, and drives.​
  • With the rapid increase in competition and evolving end-user requirements, manufacturing units in the United Kingdom are also being forced to adopt newer technological innovations and digital transformation solutions to make their business process as efficient as possible. For instance, field devices, like motors and sensors, offer opportunities to the automotive industry to react faster to market requirements, reduce manufacturing downtimes, enhance the efficiency of supply chains, and expand productivity.
  • However, the economic downturn is likely to affect the country’s adoption of automation and ICS. For instance, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Leesman's survey spanning 700,000 employees, worldwide, states that within 52,240 employed in the manufacturing and engineering space, 53% have no home working experience.
  • Furthermore, in 2018, 9.5% of the UK’s employees worked in production industries. With COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, major companies have asked their employees to work from home. As per the above estimates, the UK economy is likely to be impacted and result in slowed adoption for the market studied.

Scope of the report

The study characterizes the market based on the type of products, such as SCADA, DCS, PLC, robotics, VFDs, and motors, among others. By the end-user industry, the market is divided into oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, power, and food and beverage, among others. The scope of the study is currently focused on the United Kingdom. Key base indicators considered for the study are manufacturing output, GDP, robotics adoption, current trends, and several other key economic indicators.

By Type
Industrial Control Systems
Distributed Control System (DCS)
Programable Logic Controller (PLC)
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
Human Machine Interface (HMI)
Other Industrial Control Systems
Field Devices
Industrial Robotics
Electric Motors
Safety Systems
Sensors and Transmitters
Variable Frequency Drives (VFD)/Variable Speed Drives (VSD)
Other Field Devices
By End-user Industry
Oil and Gas
Chemical and Petrochemical
Power and Utilities
Food and Beverage
Automotive and Transportation
Other End-user Industries

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Key Market Trends

Automotive and Transportation will be One of the Key Drivers of the Market

  • According to a government-commissioned review, the country's manufacturing sector may unlock GBP 455 billion over the next decade and create thousands of jobs if the country successfully adopts the fourth industrial revolution and carves out a successful post-Brexit future.​ This shall include the automotive industry that is a major contributor to the GDP of Britain.
  • The primary concern of the automotive industry remains the length of a project. Hence, quick return-on-investment projects, combined with low-cost automation and cost innovation, are expected to help manufacturers in the country improve competitiveness and cater to increasing demand through productivity improvement.
  • The country has been continually investing in introducing innovations in the Automotive Industry. The United Kingdom is the largest electric vehicle manufacturer, and it is actively investing in factory automation to maintain its competitive advantage. According to the Department of International Trade (DIT), the automation of the industry was further accelerated by more than EUR 130 million of FDI in 2018.

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Proactive Government Policies and a Vibrant Startup Ecosystem are Expected to Drive the Growth of the Market

  • According to a recent report released by Cisco, on an average, each UK worker produces around three times less per hour than their French, German, and American counterparts.​ Moreover, the United Kingdom was dependent on workers from other European countries for a long time. The manufacturers preferred to hire people rather than invest in automation equipment.
  • However, post-Brexit, the businesses are forced to utilize the workforce effectively and find alternative ways of performing tasks, for which they have a shortage of staff. This may boost the adoption of factory automation in the next few years and so forth.
  • The British government has taken proactive steps post-Brexit to initiate digital transformation in the manufacturing sector. Backed by the UK government and some of the biggest businesses of the world, the Made Smarter North West program was launched in November 2018, to fast-track the automation process in the country. ​
  • This program engaged with 3,000 SME manufacturers based in Cheshire and Warrington, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and the Liverpool City Region. ​The EUR 20 million pilot program became operational in January 2019, and it is likely to run until March 2021.
  • As of May 2019, nine companies based in the North West of the country benefitted from the government’s Made Smarter program. Additionally, as of January 2020, SME applicants are developing projects involving the adoption of a range of industrial digital technologies, such as Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), 3D-printing, and robotics to solve business challenges.
  • Moreover, 62 of the businesses via this program secured funding and are expected to contribute an additional EUR 52 million in gross value added (GVA) for the North West economy in the next three years.

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Competitive Landscape

The UK factory automation and industrial controls market is moderately consolidated. The market is dominated by major players but is increasingly witnessing the entry of new start-ups. These start-ups are getting ample support from the UK government programs.

  • March 2019 - UK’s Automata raised USD 7.4 million for its lightweight industrial desktop, UK’s robotic arm called Eva. According to the company, the arm is smaller, cheaper, and easier to use than the rest.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Gaining Prominence for Automation Technologies

      2. 4.2.2 Proactive Government Policies and a Vibrant Start-up Ecosystem

    3. 4.3 Market Challenges

    4. 4.4 Industry Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Key Case Studies and Implementation Scenarios

    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

    7. 4.7 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    8. 4.8 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Industrial Control Systems

        1. Distributed Control System (DCS)

        2. Programable Logic Controller (PLC)

        3. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

        4. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

        5. Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

        6. Human Machine Interface (HMI)

        7. Other Industrial Control Systems

      2. 5.1.2 Field Devices

        1. Industrial Robotics

        2. Electric Motors

        3. Safety Systems

        4. Sensors and Transmitters

        5. Variable Frequency Drives (VFD)/Variable Speed Drives (VSD)

        6. Other Field Devices

    2. 5.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Oil and Gas

      2. 5.2.2 Chemical and Petrochemical

      3. 5.2.3 Power and Utilities

      4. 5.2.4 Food and Beverage

      5. 5.2.5 Automotive and Transportation

      6. 5.2.6 Pharmaceutical

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-user Industries


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Schneider Electric SE

      2. 6.1.2 Rockwell Automation Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Honeywell International Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Emerson Electric Company

      5. 6.1.5 ABB Ltd

      6. 6.1.6 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 Siemens AG

      8. 6.1.8 Omron Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Yokogawa Electric Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Fanuc Corporation

  7. *List Not Exhaustive


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