Oct 20, 2020

Trillions: A Global Construction & Manufacturing Projection

Industry 4.0
Oliver Freeman
3 min
A construction worker at manufacturing plant.
The COVID-19 pandemic has persuaded the construction and manufacturing industries to adopt cutting-edge technologies in multiple processes...

If you haven’t read Allied Market Research’s latest report, titled, COVID-19 Impact Analysis on Construction & Manufacturing Industry: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2022, we’ve got some interesting news for you! The report announced that the global construction and manufacturing industry generated a whopping US$14.4tn in 2019, and is projected to reach US$14.9tn by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.2 percent from 2020 to 2022. 

We’re going to break it down, now! 

The Global Construction and Manufacturing Market

The global construct market was pegged at US$9.5tn in 2019 and is expected to to reach US$9.77tn by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 4.5 percent from 2020 to 2022. In the other half of the report, we found that the global manufacturing industry accounted for US$4.92tn in 2019, and is expected to hit US$5.08tn by 2022, growing at a faster CAGR of 6.7 percent during the forecast period. 

The building construction segment took the lions share of the market in 2019, accounting for more than one-third of the global construction market, owing to the demand for home automation products such as automatic doors to ensure less contact with solid objects in both houses and commercial spaces. However, the construction services segment is expected to manifest the highest CAGR of 6.9 percent during the forecast period. 

The COVID-19 Effect

In Construction

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a myriad of issues across the construction and manufacturing industries, with global supply chains faltering and work coming to a complete halt, in many cases. The prolonged period of lockdown affected the supply and distribution of raw materials for the construction of buildings and commercial places. However, this particular problem has pushed industry-leaders to adopt technology platforms and solutions that can tackle the pandemic-related challenges head-on. 

In Manufacturing

For the manufacturing industry, COVID-19 was a harsh and unexpected kick; the pandemic and the sudden strain that manufacturers faced proved to be the wake-up call that they needed. Many organisations jumped, as fast as they could, onto the Industry 4.0 tech tsunami, which has the capability to withstand the storm. Turns out, people just needed one final push ─ COVID-19 provided. 

The Equipment and Machinery Segment

The equipment and machinery segment truly dominates the manufacturing space, at the moment, accounting for nearly three-fifths of the global manufacturing industry in 2019, owing, primarily, to the adoption of technology platforms and solutions to address consumer demand. However, in a world that is working towards more sustainable solutions for the sake of the environment, the packaging sector is becoming an increasingly important factor; unsurprisingly, the packaging segment is expected to “portray the highest CAGR of 8.1 percent during the forecast period.” 


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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 


Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.


Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance


  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites


5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.


Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 


Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 


And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.


The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.


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