Global Industry 4.0 Core Technology Update 2022

I don’t know if everyone knows about PLC? It can be said that the development of the world today is inseparable from PLC, and PLC is the abbreviation of Programmable Controller. In the field of electronic systems, the role of PLC can be said to be very extensive. With the advantages of versatility and flexibility, PLC is also used in many fields, especially in the field of automation industry. Equipment can be said to be essential.


And if any country's Industry 4.0 wants to take a share of the world, then a breakthrough must be achieved in the field of PLC. After all, like the automation that is very much needed now, digitization and intelligence are equivalent to PLC. Now in may countries industry is also advancing towards full mechanization, which is inseparable from the support of PLC equipment, so there still has a very large demand for PLC equipment.

So in the field of PLC, more and more listed companies have gradually emerged. However, our local companies are still relatively limited in the core technology of the PLC field. Many mainstream technologies are mastered by some foreign companies, and the domestic PLC products in this age now account for less than 10% of the market share. .

According to the latest data, there are currently as many as 9 Japanese companies in the top 20 rankings of global PLC companies. Among them, Japanese companies like Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and Toshiba, which we are very familiar with, are among them. In fact, it is not a surprise. After all, Japan has always been relatively strong in the industrial field.

On the German side, five companies are ranked in the 20th place, including Siemens and some companies that are not even listed. Although these unlisted companies are relatively small in scale, their strength cannot be underestimated, and the room for growth of these companies is relatively large.

Among them, there is a company called Phoenix Contact. They have been stationed in China in 1993. Now their number of employees has reached more than 16,000, and their annual revenue has exceeded 2.3 billion euros. The point is also unmatched by many listed companies.

Needless to say, Japan’s Mitsubishi. After all, Mitsubishi Electronics is only one of Mitsubishi’s industries. Now Mitsubishi Electric has more than 350,000 employees. As early as 17 years, their revenue has exceeded 37 billion. US dollars. Panasonic is also an old brand that we are very familiar with. Panasonic's performance in the industrial field is also very good. In terms of PLC alone, their products are everything from low to high.

And Toshiba can be said to be the company with the longest history. Basically, their annual revenue is about 30 billion U.S. dollars. Now they are mainly doing micro PLCs, which can perform simple programming control on some large-scale automation systems.

So, let’s take a look at the United States. There are only two companies in the top 20 in the United States, one is Rockwell and the other is Honeywell. It can also be seen from this that, compared to Japan and Germany, the US PLC is still slightly at a disadvantage.

So how many companies in our country are on the list? As mentioned earlier, there is only one company on the list, and that is Delta. From the name, I know that this is an enterprise in Taiwan Province. It was established as early as the 1970s, and it belongs to an old industrial manufacturer. It can be said that in terms of PLC, Delta can provide a wide range of equipment, which can basically satisfy many different fields.

At present, Delta’s annual revenue has exceeded 10 billion U.S. dollars, and power products account for 50%, while in industry it accounts for about 13%, so their income from industrial automation is equal to It is more than 1.3 billion US dollars.

PLC update 2021

Now Delta has already put the research and development of industrial automation on the mainland. Basically, it can be said that the center of gravity of the background will gradually move to the mainland. At present, the only PLC companies in mainland China that can mention are Inovance, Hexin and Xinjie, and Inovance is slowly becoming China's largest PLC manufacturer.

According to the latest data, Inovance’s revenue has exceeded 10 billion in 20 years, and its net profit is about 2 billion. It can be said that the growth rate is still very high, reaching about 100 to 130%. . Then, if this situation continues to develop steadily, Inovance is likely to be among the top 20 in the world within five years.

In terms of technology, Inovance can say that there is not much difference with Delta. For example, when the demand for mask machines surged before, many mask machines used Inovance's PLC and servo products. , This also allows Inovance to make a wave of success. It can be said that Inovance's future is limitless.

I believe that in the near future, mainland China will be able to break the embarrassing situation of companies without PLC on the list. After all, success still requires continuous efforts. Compared with the established companies on the list, our Chinese companies are still relatively young, but this also shows that we have a greater possibility, so let us wait and see.

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