Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Energy concerns to spur growth in low power AC drives market

August 18, 2011
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

The low power AC drives market will experience growth spurred by increasing concerns regarding energy efficiency and the environment, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.

“The low power AC drives market will continue to grow across all regions of the world because these drives offer quick payback periods due to energy savings and better process management with increased motor control. These factors make the use of low power AC drives easier to justify, even during uncertain economic periods,” said senior analyst Himanshu Shah, the principal author of ARC’s Low Power AC Drives Worldwide Outlook study.

According to the report, while the world economy was passing through a severely distressed phase, new stimulus packages from various governments were adding more investments in the infrastructure industries. This will continue to have a significant impact during the forecast period – 2010-2015 – even for past funding directed at capital projects that are now just coming to fruition, or expected to come to fruition over the next several years. Globalization also created a large demand for modern infrastructure, especially in emerging economies. Emerging economies know that their current infrastructure is a huge bottleneck for their continuing high economic growth. Low power AC drives will benefit in this environment, as they are key components for any infrastructure development and operation.

The report also predicted increasing consumption from the world’s rising middle class. The rapidly expanding middle class in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America is creating a tremendous demand for new products. This offers enormous promise for industries to provide their products for the burgeoning ranks of new consumers, the report says. This new middle class is purchasing products across all segments. As a result, a number of industries will benefit, generating demand for more automation, including low power AC drives.


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