ARC Leads Brazilian Automation Workshops

“The Automation Value” was the subject of the workshops led by ARC Advisory Group Inc., an industry analyst firm based in Dedham, Mass., on Sept. 8 in Rio de Janeiro, and on Sept. 10 in São Paulo, Brazil.

About 40 specialists from end-user companies attended each of the events in the two major Brazilian cities. They were professionals from operations, engineering, maintenance and information technology areas, many with management and leadership functions.

{mosimage}Conference topics included benchmarking, wireless, alarm management, cyber security, plant asset management and real-time collaborative manufacturing, and were presented by ARC executives Dick Hill, Manufacturing Services vice president, Wil Chin, research director, and John Wason, Global Process Industries Clients vice president.

“The ARC executives were very impressed with the participants’ level and with the volume of opportunities that Brazil offers in projects. They were also very satisfied with the workshop evaluation and they already began to plan the next event,” said Maurício Kurcgant, ARC Brazilian representative.

Scoping the market

However, the big news from the ARC workshop was the announcement of the launch of a study about the Latin American automation market that will bring together information from traditional suppliers of automation systems with technologies based in distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLC).

“The objective is to get representative numbers of our local market. Who sells, who buys, who leads the country’s market? The content will show the Latin America total market, the forecast of its evolution in the next five years, for country, for vertical segment of market, market share for supplier, and the like. It also will present the several manufacturers’ products,” explained Kurcgant.

The study will be launched officially on Dec. 1.

Sílvia Pereira,, is a freelance journalist based in Brazil.

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