ABB global market leadership in Distributed Control Systems confirmed for 22nd consecutive year

Tuesday 14 December 2021, Zurich, Switzerland

ABB global market leadership in Distributed Control Systems confirmed for 22nd consecutive year

ABB global market leadership in Distributed Control Systems confirmed for 22nd consecutive year


  • ABB’s Distributed Control Systems (DCS) maintained a leading share of around 20 percent in 2020 in a market worth more than $14 billion
  • During 2020 ABB saw growth across key regions, despite the impact of the pandemic on the DCS market across the industry
  • Energy transition and sustainability, as well as an upturn in DCS segments across the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology markets, were key growth drivers for ABB
Since its introduction over four decades ago, the distributed control system (DCS) – a digital platform for automated control and operation of plants and processes – has been at the core of the process and energy industries. As the digital transformation of industry accelerates, the DCS continues to be key to ensuring safe, efficient, and reliable operations, enabling the collection and analytics of valuable data for real-time insights.

The DCS market analysis and forecast report of ARC Consulting Group are recognized as one of the most authoritative sources in the industry. It has been published annually for the past 40 years, and ABB has been in the leading position for more than half of the time. The report lists the main DCS participants, outlines key trends, the progress of DCS in the past year in the context of the region and industry, the potential market impact, and the expected trajectory of DCS in the next five years.

“ABB leads the field in DCS thanks to its domain knowledge in multiple industries, extensive service network, a continued investment in developing technology, loyal customers and digital solutions that meet rapidly changing customer requirements,” said Bernhard Eschermann Chief Technology Officer, ABB Process Automation. “Much of our development is focused on advancing technology such as modular automation, select I/O and secure Edge integrated solutions which address new process and business challenges while protecting investments. We believe these type of solutions to be some of the catalysts needed for the successful implementation of industrial IoT and agile navigation within Industry 4.0.”

“Our industry-leading technology integrates the automation of the power and process side of operations – two traditionally separate domains,” said Peter Terwiesch, President, ABB Process Automation. “The industries that we serve require reliable power, while working on improving the sustainability of their operations. Integration of power and process automation enables a higher share of inherently more volatile renewable sources in their energy mix – without compromising reliability.”

The recent launch of the latest version of ABB Ability™ System 800xA represents an evolution for automated control and plant operations of tomorrow. It is a process control system, an electrical control system, a safety system, and a collaboration enabler, allowing further engineering efficiency, operator performance, and asset utilization.  In addition, ABB Ability™ Symphony Plus is an industry-leading DCS in the power, water, and wastewater markets, and ABB’s Freelance offering is a DCS tailor-made for hybrid markets.

ARC’s report also highlights ABB Ability™, ABB’s unified, cross-industry portfolio of digital solutions, including more than 170 Industrial Internet solutions and an Industrial Internet technology platform and cloud infrastructure. Drawing on insights across over 20 industries and more than 40 years of experience in digital technology, ABB Ability™ helps customers develop new processes and advance existing ones by providing insights and optimizing planning and controls for real-time operations. These insights can then be fed into control systems like ABB Ability™ System 800xA and ABB Ability™ Symphony Plus to improve key performance metrics of plants and assets. With an installed base of 35,000 DCS systems across more than 100 countries, ABB is a trusted leader in creating digital solutions for customers in the industrial space.

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