Motion control has had a tough couple of years, with the market falling in 2012 and scarcely growing in 2013, according to figures released by the IHS.
Looking at the U.S. alone, things were a bit better, with 5% growth in 2012. When the dust settles, 2013 will probably have been a growth year for motion control in the U.S. as well, though the global market decreased by 8.3%.
Why the lackluster performance? While overall economic indicators in Europe and Asia had something to do with it, the biggest problem lies in the fact that most motion control is currently used in volatile industries like robotics and semiconductors. Along with machine tools, these industries account for half the use of motion control worldwide.
About 16% of motion control takes place in the more stable industries of packaging, materials handling, and consumer packaged goods like food, beverages, and tobacco. This area is expected to grow in the next few years, especially in the U.S.
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