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Investments in energy savings to spur growth in low power AC drives

Recovering from a deep global downturn in 2009, the low power AC drives market rebounded in 2010.

Emerging economies led growth in 2010, and they also remain important markets during the forecast period, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.

The low power AC drives market will also experience growth spurred by increasing concerns regarding energy efficiency as well as the environment. Major economies have accepted the fact that efficient use of energy is necessary for global growth and prosperity.

“The low power AC drives market will continue to grow across all regions of the world because these drives offer quick payback periods due to energy savings and better process management with increased motor control.

These factors make the use of low power AC drives easier to justify even during uncertain economic periods,” according to Senior Analyst Himanshu Shah, the principal author of ARC’s “Low Power AC Drives Worldwide Outlook”.

While the world economy was passing through a severely distressed phase, new stimulus packages from various governments were adding more investments in the infrastructure industries, including new road construction, water and wastewater facilities, and electric power generating plants.

This will continue to have a significant impact during the forecast period, even for past funding directed at capital projects that are now just coming to fruition, or expected to come to fruition over the next several years.

Globalisation also created a large demand for modern infrastructure, especially in emerging economies. Airport facilities and new road construction are driving demand for products from the metals and mining, cement and glass, and oil and gas industries.

Emerging economies know that their current infrastructure is a huge bottleneck for their continuing high economic growth. Low power AC drives will benefit in this environment as they are key components for any infrastructure development and operation.

Consumption is expected to grow in areas ranging from consumer electronics to food and beverages. As a result, a number of industries will benefit, generating demand for more automation, including low power AC drives.

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