These requirements include front engineering, design and installation, start up, integration as well as on-going support and optimisation. This will help in reducing the high cost of integrating non-uniform software systems and maintaining a heterogeneous system landscape.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (industrialautomation.frost.com) South African ACS Markets within the Pulp and Paper Sector – An End-user Analysis, finds that the market earned revenues of $22.1 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $41.6 million by 2014.
“Due to the availability of advanced technology and infrastructure, the South African pulp and paper industry will continue to be a key target for any ACS supplier looking to grow its business in the country,” notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst James Fungai Maposa. “The integration of automation into pulp and paper machinery has helped to develop sub-processes that help the pulp and paper millers achieve a considerably higher efficiency than before.”
Since most end users expect their products to last approximately 20 years, most milling companies prefer to invest in upgrading existing systems and installing new advanced systems so as to cut costs and ultimately improve process efficiency.
“About 45 per cent of end-users have indicated a desire to increase their automation levels, as well as upgrade their existing ACS equipment to be in line with evolving technology,” remarks Maposa. “Many companies also intend to train some of their staff, enabling them to use the installed ACS equipment.”
In addition, end users are recommending that greater harmonisation and increased consolidation in having off-the-shelf solutions be looked into extensively, instead of having a complete start-to-finish solution for a particular plant or industry.
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South African ACS Markets within the Pulp and Paper Sector – An End-user Analysis