An expansive U.S. economy and six months of overall manufacturing growth are generating optimism, according to a report by the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). The association says automation is driving increased productivity as industry clients—from CEOs to plant engineers—have improved manufacturing within their existing facilities.

Piercarlo “PC” Romano, CSIA board chairman, says CSIA integrator members expect the course of rebuilding and replacing older control systems to continue.

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“The automation industry has benefited from a strong showing in manufacturing production and capacity utilization in 2013,” says Romano. “Onshoring of high-tech manufacturing and inexpensive natural gas are two tailwinds that should help to extend the momentum for CSIA members into next year and beyond.”

While the majority of CSIA’s integrator members are located in North America, Romano says CSIA forecasts significant growth prospects worldwide.

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