Manufacturing Shop-Floor Software Market Sees Impact of Acquisitions

1/16/2004 - GE Fanuc, Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, Brooks Automation and Agilisys have expanded their manufacturing execution system (MES) portfolio through the recent acquisitions of leading shop-floor software vendors. With these global giants positioning themselves to provide end-to-end solutions, what will the impact be on smaller players in the market?

According to analyst Taylor Smith, "The ability to offer complete solutions will be a competitive differentiator for leading industrial automation providers. However, most shop-floor solutions still require a high level of customization in order to interface with an organizations existing ERP system. These customization requirements will continue to drive demand for smaller, specialized software vendors developing application-specific solutions for integration with leading ERP providers."

In fact, small suppliers with less than 1% market share still make up over 35% of all global shipments.

Some of the more significant acquisitions include:

GE Fanuc

Rockwell Automation


Brooks PRI Automation

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