Automation industry encountering recent manufacturing gains, finds study
According to a survey involving members of the Control System Integrators Association, the automation industry is seeing a recent surge of manufacturing gains amid the greatest monthly increase so far this year for U.S. manufacturing.
MADISON, WI, May 29, 2014 -- According to a survey involving members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), the automation industry is seeing a recent surge of manufacturing gains amid the greatest monthly increase so far this year for U.S. manufacturing.
The report, the J.P. Morgan/CSIA System Integrator Survey, indicated that the automation industry is experiencing a steady lift entering the second quarter. The global survey of professionals in the automation and controls industry shows that food and beverage, chemical, and oil and gas -- among the end markets served by CSIA members -- are reporting increased activity.
"The results from the latest J.P. Morgan/CSIA automation survey have respondents forecasting growth anywhere from 5 percent to 15 percent in the coming months,"said Bob Lowe, executive director of CSIA. "This suggests that more plant managers, directors of quality and other industry clients are turning to control system integrators to drive automation and more efficient operations."
Alan Beaulieu, noted economist and president of ITR Economics, echoes the optimism about the future of U.S. manufacturing. As keynote speaker for the 2014 CSIA Executive Conference in San Diego, Beaulieu told a record crowd that control system integrators should prepare for expansion in their industry.
Lowe commented, "Right now, inflation and interest rates are low, so Beaulieu is encouraging control system integrators to invest in improving productivity and building company strategies. The same message applies to industry clients, who are upgrading plants while costs are low in order to get a better return on investment."
Beaulieu also told CSIA members that the U.S. and Mexico are much more efficient in automation, process improvement and skill than in the past, and are well positioned for manufacturing in the years to come. CSIA has a Latin American Coordinator based in Mexico and advisory committees to increase CSIA's presence in Latin America and Western Europe, especially Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom.
Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global trade association that seeks to advance the industry of control system integration. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA members provide a range of services in dozens of industries. For more information, visit www.controlsys.org.