Companies in this industry manufacture industrial controls and control accessories such as relays and motor starters and controllers. Major companies include Emerson Electric, Honeywell, and Rockwell Automation (all based in the US), as well as ABB (Switzerland), Beijing Sifang Automation (China), OMRON (Japan), Schneider Electric (France), and Siemens (Germany).
Demand is driven by overall industrial production and by demand for machinery used to automate various types of manufacturing. The profitability of individual companies depends on technological expertise and efficient operations. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing and greater ability to offer a wide variety of products to a diverse customer base. Small companies can compete by specializing in niche products. The US industry is concentrated: the top 50 companies account for about 70% of industry revenue.
Products, Operations & Technology
Major products include electric and electronic relays, industrial motor starters and controllers, magnet and solid-state control circuit devices, industrial control rheostats, industrial solenoid switches, mechanical and solid-state timing devices, and electromagnetic brakes and clutches. Other products include flow actuated electrical switches, crane and hoist controls, and marine auxiliary controls. Companies may also offer integrated systems that combine hardware, software, and communications components to control customers' industrial and manufacturing processes.