The global site of the UK's leading magazine for automation, motion engineering and power transmission
21 September, 2018

Product and Supplier Search


European machine safety market heads above $500m

20 July, 2011

The European machine safety market generated revenues worth $422m in 2010 and will reach $565.6m by 2017, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. It attributes the growth to regulatory pressures and to the improved productivity and profitability that safer working environments can deliver.

F&S research analyst Katarzyna Owczarczyk says there is a growing awareness of the benefits of machine safety systems. “There is a huge latent demand in the retrofit market,” she adds, with opportunities to upgrade machines fitted with obsolete safety systems.

“With safety networks and safety PLCs in place,” Oczarczyk continues, “a group of machines can be controlled from a single master panel to enhance visibility and keep tabs on efficiency levels.”

The shift from traditional, component-based safety installations to integrated systems has improved diagnostics and made maintenance easier, F&S reports. It also “promotes a sense of mutual comfort between the customer and the vendor,” Owczarczyk suggests. “The loyalty factor increases along with revenues since there are repeated purchases, repair, and retrofit costs from the same vendor.”

  • To view a digital copy of the latest issue of Drives & Controls, click here.

    To visit the digital library of past issues, click here

    To subscribe to the magazine, click here

    To see the latest Products & Services Directory, click here



Birmingham 2020The next Drives & Controls Exhibition and Conference will take place in Birmingham, UK, from 21-23 April, 2020. For more information on the event, visit the Show Web site


"Do you think that robots create or destroy jobs?"



Most Read Articles