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A month in review

Not up-to-date with process and control news? Here’s a snapshot of the last four weeks.

Schneider Asia Pacific’s managing director, Lionel Finidori, announced that his company is “bloody serious about automation” at the Citect Connects User Conference in Queensland. Citect is our key asset for automation solutions, an integral part of our strategy for technology leadership,” he said.

Melbourne-based automation and process consultancy Mainstay Business Services announces it will be sourcing engineers from the UK, saying the Australian government has failed to provide adequate industry training. Apex Engineering Solutions specialist recruitment company will source the staff to fill positions in industrial automation, process control, electrical, mining and marine companies.

Schneider Electric’s Citect brand was named one of the leading providers of human machine interface (HMI) software and services in Asia Pacific by the ARC Advisory Group in its worldwide HMI software and services market study. Citect is said to have a strong market share in the region which is itself tipped to be among the fastest-growing regions in the sector between now and 2012.

AAB is named the worldwide leader in the DCS automation market by the ARC Advisory Group, which launches its ‘Distributed Control Systems Worldwide Outlook’ study covering 2007. ARC also foresees steady growth in process automation and distributed control systems (DCS) for the rest of 2008.

Citect managing director Scott Wooldridge claimed his company is the number-one SCADA provider in the Asia Pacific market with 25.4 per cent market share, based on statistics from Frost & Sullivan. Keeping up the rear are Siemens with 18.8 per cent, GE Fanuc with 16.3 per cent, Wonderware with 15.2 per cent, Rockwell with 13.9 per cent and InduSoft with 5.8 per cent.

Senator Kim Carr said the automotive industry is struggling against the odds during his speech at the Manufacturing Futures Conference — Perspectives on the Automotive Industry, held in Melbourne. Carr said the increasing competition for low-cost manufacturing teamed with rising fuel costs, along with concern for the environment, were all impacting the automotive industry’s bottom line.

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