The global food automation market was valued at US$8.22 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach US$12.2 billion by 2022.
The food automation market is driven by the increasing inclination of consumers towards processed and ready to eat foods, technological advancements in automation and stringent international food safety regulations.
The discrete controllers and visualisation segment is projected be the fastest-growing category for food automation during the forecast period. One of the major drivers for this segment is due to the integrated and flexible production options to manufacturers.
Control and visualisation systems provide smooth manufacturing operations through efficient control and management. Incorporating these control systems provide manufacturers with increased productivity and quality by streamlining multiple processes in manufacturing plants, and better coordination of plant processes can be achieved.
In the function segment, packaging and repackaging is projected be the fastest-growing function for food automation during the forecast period. A growth driver for this segment is the growing food safety concerns among consumers. Automated packaging helps food manufacturers with their challenges of maintaining food safety, hygiene and quality.
Asia Pacific is projected be the fastest-growing region for food automation during the forecast period. A driver for the region’s growth is due to its large market base for the food and beverage industry; the improved standard of living due to the rise in income levels, and growing number of manufacturers in the region.
The food and beverage market in the Asia Pacific is currently undergoing a transformation in response to rapid urbanisation, diet diversification, and the liberalisation of foreign direct investment in the food sector.