Bureau Veritas Helps Chinese Enterprises Enter SIS Market


Author: LI liangcheng, Bureau Veritas Industry and Facilities Division Greater China, Inspection Department

SIS is Getting Popular     


In November 2014, “Guidance Notes on Tightening Management of Safety Instrumented Systems for Chemical Industry” (SAWS Order No. 116) was officially issued, which covers seven aspects, such as understanding about SIS, lifecycle management and SIS evaluation, etc. With the issuance of SAWS Order No. 116, terms like “functional safety”, “Safety Instrumented System (SIS)” and “SIL” are appearing frequently in China's industrial automation and instrumentation websites and magazines. Relevant enterprises, organizations and practitioners in China, from product manufacturers and system integrators to engineering companies and end users, are getting some initial insight into this area. 

Note: A SIS can be used in applications including Emergency Shutdown (ESD), Burner Management System (BMS), Fire and Gas (F&G) systems, High Integrity Pressure Protection System (HIPPS) and Pipeline Protection System (PPS). See IEC 61508: 2010 and IEC 61511: 2003 for applicable standards. 

SIS Market Overview       


Functional safety is a quasi-mandatory requirement in the petroleum & petrochemical industry (it is stipulated in SAWS Order No. 40 that “Independent SIS shall be equipped for Grade I or Grade II major hazards in connection with toxic gas, liquefied gas and poisonous liquid”). On top of that, the national standard GBT 50770-2013 — Code for Design of Safety Instrumented System in Petro-Chemical Engineering has been implemented since September 1, 2013, and the 12th Five-Year Plan for China’s Instrumentation Industry has made functional safety technology the “industry critical technology” and “a priority for next five years”.

With the growing awareness of compliance with SIS standards and the expanding footprint of the global manufacturing industry into China and India, the demand for SIS is booming, which has driven significant growth in the SIS market. 


According to The World Market for Process Safety Systems – 2013 Edition from IHS Inc, the global safety instrumented system (SIS) service market is set to surpass $1bn in revenues to become the largest market for process safety systems in 2015.  

SIS hardware was the largest market in 2012, accounting for 49% of total revenues. However, with a projected CAGR of almost 13% (between 2011 and 2017), the SIS services market is set to become the highest dollar value market; representing promising growth opportunities for automation vendors. 

Here comes the question: are local enterprises fortunate enough to get a share in this huge promising market? The answer is disappointing. 

Major SIS suppliers in China: 

ABB A/S                              GE Fanuc Automation

HIMA Paul Hildebrandt          Honeywell Safety Management Systems

ICS Triplex                           Invensys-Triconex

Rockwell Automation            Siemens

Almost 80%-90% of the market share is held by HIMA and Invensys-Triconex, and few local enterprises have the ability to manufacture key SIS components, according to people familiar with the matter. 

Why Bureau Veritas?         


Bureau Veritas, a global leader in third party testing, inspection and certification, has years of experience in providing consultancy, certification and training services in the field of functional safety. 

Bureau Veritas Certification France, the world's only certification body who is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 and authorized by Cofrac to provide IEC 61508 certification services, has long been providing HAZOP analysis, LOPA analysis, SIL certification and functional safety training services for renowned companies in industrial process, petroleum & petrochemical, power and energy industries, eg. Total, Alstom, HIMA, etc. 

As a Bureau Veritas France authorized agency for functional safety services, Bureau Veritas China Inspection and Certification has an in-house team of certification engineers who are also granted such authorization to deliver a comprehensive set of localized services to Chinese manufacturers for instrumentation, actuators and valves. 

Holding overwhelming superiority in the Chinese market for product certification, Bureau Veritas China Inspection and Certification has issued SIL3 certificates for many clients and provided SIL2/3 certification services for a great number of well-renowned instrumentation manufacturers. (some of the examples are shown in the figure below)


The local professional team of Bureau Veritas is ready to help clients open up the SIS market with a full range of functional safety services. 

(The article has used information and statistics from gongkong.com and gkong.com. )

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