“Today, the global manufacturing sector has only started to adopt digital factory technologies, which will expand and change as factories get more connected, networked and flexible,” says Pierce Owen, principal analyst at ABI Research. “Vendors such as PTC, ABB, GE, Siemens, SAP, and Telit and systems integrators such as Accenture, Wipro, and Atos help factories connect and network their equipment and monetize the data generated on the factory floor. These vendors have set themselves up to adapt and transform with new technologies as they start to implement what they have now.”
The food, beverage & tobacco product industry represents the largest opportunity globally with $19 billion in digital factory revenues forecasted for 2026, but the largest industry differs from country to country. In the United States, the largest digital factory market, the chemical products industry represents the biggest opportunity, generating $7 billion in digital factory revenues in 2026. In Germany and Japan, automotive leads the way, but in China, the second largest market, other durable goods, make up the biggest opportunities.
“Digital factory technologies will see adoption in every major industry in most of the leading manufacturing countries around the globe, but only the vendors that chase innovation and continuously adapt to the needs of new customers will take full advantage. Right now, this includes the leading platform providers and systems integrators as well as some start-ups such as FogHorn Systems and Fictiv,” concludes Owen.
These findings are from ABI Research’s Digital Factory Market Forecasts report. This report is part of the company’s Smart Manufacturing research service which includes research, data, and Executive Foresights.