While still considered laggers in the digital transformation space, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the chemical industry to accept that digital transformation is critical to its future success. According to a new analysis by global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, chemical manufacturers’ investment in digital transformation will grow at a CAGR of 6% between 2022 and 2031, reaching US$7.4 billion. Investment into data analytics to better understand plant conditions and optimize production will grow to be worth up to US$1 billion in 2031. Supporting this will be continued investment in industrial device and application services, alongside security, both seeing fair growth of CAGR of 5.9% and 8.4% respectively.
Challenges in different fields
“The chemical industry is facing significant challenges in both increasing margin pressures, calls for greater sustainability in production, and a declining labor force. As such, to increase production efficiency and maintain staff safety, chemical manufacturers are investing in technologies that monitor and analyze operations, simulate process optimization, and transfer key information from senior to junior staff,” explains James Prestwood, Industrial and Manufacturing Research Analyst at ABI Research.
Technology suppliers providing software to the industry include AspenTech, Seeq, and IFS, and are underpinned by network industry giants such as Nokia, Ericsson, and Verizon. Finally, large suppliers such as Siemens, Hitachi Vantara, and Emerson, provide holistic solutions that aid chemical manufacturers in digitizing their operations end-to-end.
“Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital transformation agenda within the chemical industry has been pushed more into the spotlight. Plans that were slowly being implemented, or even relegated to pilot purgatory, have been given a new injection of life,” Prestwood concludes.
These findings are from ABI Research’s Digital Transformation in the Chemical Industry application analysis report. This report is part of the company’s Industrial and Manufacturing research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present an in-depth analysis of key market trends and factors for a specific technology.