- The market for digital positioners is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period.
- Single-acting positioners are going to witness the highest growth during the forecast period.
- APAC is expected to hold the largest share of valve positioners market during the forecast period
A growing importance for control & monitoring in process industries and the increasing demand for valve automation solutions are driving the growth of the industry. The valve positioners market is expected to grow from $1.7 billion in 2019 to $2.2 billion by 2024, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% during the forecast period.
Digital valve positioners possess internal logic based on microprocessors. They use a microprocessor for positioning the actuator and for keeping track of data. These types of positioners came into valve market around two decades ago; however, they started being used widely due to the current era of automation solutions adopted in the process industry and plants. The characteristics of digital positioners such as their diagnostics and predictive maintenance capability and economic capital costs support them to show lucrative growth opportunities in the future.
The single action of the control valve can be described as the action in which positioners deliver and exhaust air from single side of the single-acting actuator. This actuator uses spring force for on and off operation of the actuator. Hence these positioners have simple working operations which make them the more preferably installed type as compared to double-acting positioners.
APAC is estimated to account for the largest share of the market in 2019. The region consists of fast-growing economies such as China and India that have fueled the robust manufacturing industries in respective countries. Owing to the increase in the urban population in the region, there is a high demand for new and improved wastewater treatment systems. These systems can be improved with the control valve assemblies that have positioners to enhance their working operations.
Key players offering valve positioners include Emerson Electric (US), Baker Hughes (US), Siemens (Germany), ABB (Switzerland), Flowserve (US), while other major players in this market include Schneider (France), Metso (Finland), Rotork (UK), and Azbil (Japan). These players operate globally and provide valve positioners and related valve accessories.