PAC Programming Software Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (MI, APC, Asset Management, Database Connectivity), By Solution (Open PAC System, Compact PAC System, Distributed PAC System), By End-User (Oil And Gas, Energy And Power, Building And Construction, Food And Beverage, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Jul 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061617040
  • Pages : 129

The PAC programming software market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.78% during the forecast period.

The programmable automation controller (PAC) programming software market is projected to grow steadily during the forecast period. PAC refers to any automation controller that incorporates complex or higher-level instructions and is commonly used in industrial control systems for machinery in several industries. PACs allow provisions for complex instructions to automated equipment. The PAC programming software market can be classified in the following ways: by type, solution, end-user, and geographic region. The major drivers for the growth of this market include increased demand in several booming industries, such as automotive and manufacturing.

Market Drivers:

  • Demand from growing industries like automotive and manufacturing.

The demand for PAC programming software has seen a significant rise because of its benefits, such as reduction in operational costs and optimization of processes. These benefits are highly lucrative in all industries. PACs also help increase process manufacturers' productivity by integrating the different control systems and reducing downtimes and product defects. An increase in the adoption rates of automation processes in manufacturing and industrial units is also expected to help expand the PAC programming software market size.

  • Growth in industrial activities.

Additionally, the growing trends of industrialization in developing countries and well-established industrial regions in developed countries will further add to the PAC programming software market growth and help create more market value for all players. For instance, according to their yearly reports, the Industrial Automation segment of Schneider Electric had an increase in segment revenue of over 9.5% from 2021 to 2022. It produced total segment revenues of roughly €7,734 million in 2022. As more industries look towards automation tools and digitizing their complex manufacturing processes, the market for PAC programming software will continue to experience exponential growth in the coming years.


High initial investments- A significant challenge faced by the PAC programming software industry relates to the high levels of investments required at the initial stages, which hinder the industry's growth as it negatively impacts profitability. PACs provide long-term benefits in terms of cost reductions and saving time. However, the initial investments required for configuration and proper deployment of this software are deterrents as it becomes challenging for several small and medium-sized industrial operations.

Technical complexities- Another additional barrier to the industry's growth is the need for technically skilled and competent labor for proper configuration and maintenance of the software infrastructure, which restricts the market's growth.

Product Offerings.

The market for control applications is witnessing a surge in demand, leading to a wide range of PAC programming software products offered by established market leaders and emerging start-ups. This diverse product landscape caters to the varying needs and preferences of customers in the market. Here are a few examples that highlight the product differences offered by some key leaders:

  • ABB Ltd. offers a Compact Control Builder, a Windows OS-based tool for creating control solutions for their AC 800M products, including integrating the company’s drive and motor starter products. The software offers several functional benefits, such as enabling the handling of all automation systems in a single database, along with increased security and flexibility provided by the software.
  • Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Control Expert is a useful software platform for increasing the performance levels and design productivity of Schneider’s Modicon range of PAC products. It offers features such as easy access to data and integration of different systems. The product, formerly Unity Pro, has added security features to protect against cyber threats and helps with diagnostic and maintenance functions.
  • Opto 22’s Snap-PAC-R2 belongs to their R-series of PAC products. It provides control, communication, and processing features in a compact product. The product is a part of Opto 22’s PAC system and offers the capacity for full integration with its PAC project software, SNAP PAC brains, and SNAP modules. It is a flexible and intelligent system that can be used in multiple ways. The product is based on Opto’s PAC control software, which is used for developing control applications and creating and debugging strategies.

Database connectivity is expected to expand rapidly.

Database connectivity is a type of PAC software that helps in supporting different database software, such as Oracle and MS SQL Server, to access real-time data from several industrial controllers for automation purposes. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption; for instance, in Q4 2022, Microsoft reported a 28% rise in revenue from server products and cloud services, amounting to US$14.7 billion. This growth can be attributed to the success of Azure and various other cloud services. Moreover, revenue from server products witnessed a 5% increase, primarily driven by the adoption of hybrid solutions, such as Windows Server and SQL Server, operating in multi-cloud environments.

Geographical Insights:

The Asia-Pacific region market is expected to witness robust growth:

Asia Pacific PAC programming software market is expected to expand owing to the growth in industrial and automotive sectors in the region's major economies, such as China, Japan, and India, as well as increased investments in automation and policy changes in some countries in the region. China is expected to experience promising growth in this market due to rapid development in several industries, such as automotive, electronics, and oil & gas. The rise in industrial operations in these sectors will drive the demand for PACs as awareness about automation tools and their benefits also increases in these regions.

North America and Europe are key markets:

 European and North American PAC programming software markets are expected to experience steady growth too. The need for PAC programming software will experience moderate growth in the North American market due to the presence of well-established industrial regions and higher levels of awareness about the benefits of automation. In addition, as labour is scarcer in these regions due to lower population levels, automation will be more widely adopted in the coming years to meet the needs of growing industrial operations. Therefore, the North American markets will continue to grow for PAC programming software.

PAC Programming Software Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Growth Rate CAGR of 13.78% from 2021 to 2028
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2023 – 2028
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Billion
Segments Covered Type, Solution, End-User, and Geography
Regions Covered North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
Companies Covered Schneider Electric, Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Opto 22, ABB Ltd., AutomationDirect, Phoenix Contact (I) Pvt. Ltd., KINGSTAR, Siemens AG, Lamonde Automation Ltd.
Customization Scope Free report customization with purchase


Market Segmentation:

  • By Type
    • MI
    • APC
    • Asset Management
    • Database Connectivity
  • By Solution
    • Open PAC System
    • Compact PAC System
    • Distributed PAC System
  • By End-User
    • Oil and Gas
    • Energy and Power
    • Building and Construction
    • Food and Beverage
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Taiwan
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global PAC programming software market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.78% during the forecast period.
Prominent key market players in the PAC programming software market include Schneider Electric, Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Opto 22, and ABB Ltd., among others.
The PAC programming software market has been segmented by type, solution, end-user, and geography.
The major drivers for the PAC programming software market growth include increased demand in several booming industries such as automotive and manufacturing.
Asia Pacific PAC programming software market is expected to expand owing to the growth in industrial and automotive sectors in the major economies of the region.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Research Process


3.1. Research Highlights


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. MI

5.3. APC

5.4. Asset Management

5.5. Database Connectivity


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Open PAC System

6.3. Compact PAC System

6.4. Distributed PAC System


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Oil and Gas

7.3. Energy and Power

7.4. Building and Construction

7.5. Food and Beverage

7.6. Others


8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. USA

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. Germany

8.4.2. France

8.4.3. United Kingdom

8.4.4. Spain

8.4.5. Others

8.5. Middle East And Africa

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Israel

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. China

8.6.2. Japan

8.6.3. India

8.6.4. South Korea

8.6.5. Indonesia

8.6.6. Taiwan

8.6.7. Others


9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


10.1. Schneider Electric

10.2. Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG

10.3. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

10.4. Opto 22

10.5. ABB Ltd.

10.6. AutomationDirect

10.7. Phoenix Contact (I) Pvt. Ltd.


10.9. Siemens AG

10.10. Lamonde Automation Ltd.

Schneider Electric

Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Opto 22

ABB Ltd.


Phoenix Contact (I) Pvt. Ltd.


Siemens AG

Lamonde Automation Ltd.