Advanced Manufacturing and Automation

The AMA cluster enables a wide range of stakeholders, such as researchers, technologists, business and development executives to gain information that can be used to better develop or exploit key technologies impacting advanced manufacturing. Our analysts have expertise in vital areas of advanced manufacturing, including 3D printing, automation hardware, software, data communications in manufacturing environments, materials joining, collaborative robotics, and additive manufacturing.

Our expertise is honed through reporting and analysis of key developments and through preparation of reports and client-centered research. We are able to identify key developments in manufacturing technologies and, more importantly, evaluate their value and market prospects.

Research Trends and Emerging Technologies

TechVision analysts are able to ferret-out, explain, and evaluate developments and emerging, potentially disruptive technologies in vital areas of advanced manufacturing, For example, through detailed primary and secondary research, we have developed keen knowledge of key established and emerging 3D printing equipment and materials technologies. They include, for example, laser sintering, fused deposition modeling/fused filament fabrication, stereolithography, electron beam melting, continuous liquid interface production, gel dispensing printing (GDP), PEEK/PAEK/PEKK materials, carbon fiber reinforced polymers, thermoplastic elastomers, graphene-enhanced nylon. We also have a keen understanding of other, diverse advanced manufacturing technologies, such as collaborative robots with enhanced navigation and interaction capabilities; machine vision systems with enhanced 3D inspection and measurement capabilities; sensors driving industrial automation; multimaterial joining technologies such as laser hybrid welding for thick sheets with tight joining geometries.

Attached is an example of how we leverage our expertise to help companies handle key strategic issues and achieve superior outcomes.

Value Proposition

Key Questions of Clients


Whom should I partner with?


What is the National Roadmap and what are the best practices adopted by other countries?


What are the R&D areas I should focus on?


What is the opportunity for the technology in 5 to 10 years?


What are the attractive markets for my technology?


What are the technologies I should invest in?


Who are my competitors and what are they doing unique?


Which region should I gain entry?

Engagement Types

  • Assessment of R&D portfolio
  • R&D management
  • IP Consulting
  • Technology investment Opportunities
    • Evaluation of funding initiatives
    • Merger and acquisition opportunities
    • Identification of strategic alliance partners
  • Technology Roadmap
  • Market Opportunity analysis
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Evaluation of nation innovation indicators and country’s best practices
  • Technology and patent valuation
  • Business model innovation

Key Research Focus Areas

Case Studies

A Leading University

Market Opportunity Analysis

The Challenge

To identify potential high-volume applications and emerging applications for a new micro-injection molding manufacturing method developed by the university to devise market entry strategies. The main application to be investigated for plastic parts with micro/nano features was MEMS.

Project Objectives

  • Insights into high-volume applications for producing plastic parts that can be obtained through the new micro-injection molding manufacturing technology. The main application investigated involved MEMS.
  • Threshold unit cost at which production of these plastic parts is considered expensive.
  • Analysis of applications there are either in an advanced R&D stage of early commercialization stage.

Our Approach and Work

Frost & Sullivan conducted a top-down approach to assess the potentially high volume applications for microinjection molding, which included MEMS. The assessment was complemented by interactions with a network of industry participants in the molding technology segment.

Outcome and Business Impact

Strategic recommendations outlining the high volume applications for microinjection moulding, emerging technologies, and various key desirable performance features in different markets paved way in devising market entry strategies.

A Major Electronic Test and Measurement (T&M) Equipment Manufacturer

Market Analysis for a Electronics Major

The Challenge

  • To estimate the size and potential of entire market for T&M equipment used for the electrical characterization of materials.
  • To explore the business factors that would govern their entry into unexplored and adjacent markets and new markets provided by emerging technologies.

Project Objectives

  • Breakdown of revenues and trends across applications for each major class of instruction.
  • Breakdown of revenues and trends across applications with respect to type of end-user.
  • Geographic breakdown of revenues and trends.
  • Competitive Analysis (with major global players).
  • Market share analysis of each players for each application type.
  • Customer perceptions and assessment of measurement needs.

Our Approach and Work

Frost & Sullivan adopted a top-down approach to quantify the total market and to assess opportunities in different markets. The findings were complemented by interactions with key stakeholders in the test and measurement segment.

Outcome and Business Impact

Strategic recommendations based on an assessment of end-user perspectives, competitive intelligence, market sizing, trends, and market opportunities enabled the client to evaluate and devise market entry strategies.

A Major Electronics Firm

Market & Investment Opportunity Analysis

The Challenge

Provider of yield-enhancing and production solutions for specialized applications in the supply chain of the electronics industry intended to identify a new strategic business line based on its current technical and organizational capabilities.

Project Objectives

  • Identify technologies and trends impacting adoption.
  • Evaluate new revenue sources from existing capabilities.

Our Approach and Work

  • Frost & Sullivan conducted a workshop on technologies and applications that are likely to impact a client’s business.
  • Frost & Sullivan assessed current capabilities of the client and trends in the electronics industry to evaluate applications and its impact across relevant industries.
  • We had employed a multi-criteria assessment tool involving metrics as a year of impact, recent IP activity, funding, and global footprint to assess and prioritize technologies.

Outcome and Business Impact

Frost & Sullivan delivered a two-day workshop which was leveraged by the client to understand the degree of opportunity for the identified application area, as well as to evaluate new strategic business line and revenue sources.

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  • Opportunities Analysis : Convergence of AI in 3D Printing
  • Opportunities of Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials
  • Future of Joining Technologies in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Global Assessment of Metal Injection Molding

The TechVision group offers a suite of strategic services ranging from a continuous flow of forward-looking intelligence on emerging technologies and new age innovations, interactivity with technology and industry experts, bespoke strategy consulting on technology investments, roadmaps, IP landscapes, and executive workshops for innovation and R&D leadership teams. These services empower its users with ideas and strategies to leverage disruptive technologies and innovations to drive transformational growth of their organizations.

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