About Us

Who we are

Interact Analysis is an international provider of market research for the Intelligent Automation sector. Our team of experienced industry analysts delivers research into three core sectors: industrial automation, robotics and warehouse automation, and commercial vehicles.

This combination covers the entire automation value chain from product manufacture in automated factories; through to product storage in automated warehouses; and finally through to product distribution via fleets of increasingly electrified and automated commercial vehicles. Intelligent Automation – the integration of artificial intelligence and automation – will change virtually every industry by enabling greater efficiencies, productivity, convenience and scale. It will also lead to the emergence of entirely new industries.

Interact Analysis has offices in the US, China and the UK staffed by a team of respected industry analysts with strong experience in technology and industry-based research. Our client base is global and includes companies such as ABB, Siemens, Rockwell Automation, Universal Robots and Delta.

Our research philosophy is that, to generate informed views of different market sectors, it’s vital we interact extensively with companies in those sectors. During our research, we conduct considerable primary analysis including in-depth interviews and extensive data gathering. We are confident that our information is the most up-to-date and accurate on the market.

Interact Analysis has created a new client experience for market research customers. We do more than provide market reports: our analysts are available to our customers on the phone anytime to provide expert insight, and we consider ourselves to be true partners to our clients.

Our experience in providing world-class industry analysis to the technology sector is enabling us to become a leading intelligence provider and thought leader to the intelligent automation industry.

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Adrian Lloyd, CEO

Adrian has been involved in technology market intelligence for more than 20 years. As part of the leadership team at IMS Research, a renowned information provider acquired by IHS Markit Inc. in 2012, Adrian led research practices on a wide range of topics from industrial automation to semiconductors. Read more

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Ash Sharma, Managing Director

Ash has spent close to 20 years in technology research and is now Research Director for robotics at Interact Analysis. In this role, Ash leads our industry-leading market intelligence on the use of UAVs, robots and other technology that enable intelligent automation, providing expert insight based on our robust research techniques. Ash is also Managing Director at Interact Analysis. In his prior role as VP & Senior Director at IHS Markit, he led its Power & Industrial Technology research practices, managing a team of more than 80 analysts providing market-leading research on several industrial sectors. Read more

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Tim Dawson, Senior Research Director

Tim has over 16 years’ experience in technology market intelligence with expertise across a broad spectrum of industrial automation and manufacturing technologies and industries. Prior to joining Interact Analysis, Tim spent over 10 years at IMS Research as Research Director for its industrial automation and manufacturing technology teams. Read more

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Alastair Hayfield, Senior Research Director

Alastair has over 10 years’ experience leading research activities in scaled, high-growth industrial and technology markets. Most recently, Alastair led IHS Markit's automotive technology and mobility practice, where he oversaw research for a team of 20 focusing on two auto megatrends: vehicle autonomy and the emergence of mobility as a service. Read more

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Jan Zhang, Senior Research Director

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Jan has more than 10 years of experience in industrial automation and manufacturing research. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of the Manufacturing Technology research practice at IHS Markit. Jan led a global team of more than 10 research analysts that analyzed manufacturing markets with a particular focus on industrial automation equipment, machinery, industrial robots & service robots, and smart manufacturing trends. She has been involved with a broad range of syndicated research projects as well as custom research and consulting projects. Jan is also a well-known speaker at key industry trade shows and conferences both in China and globally. Read more

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Rich Alires, Vice President of Business Development

Rich is a proven sales leader with 25+ years’ experience in leading and driving sales of market intelligence services.  In his role as Vice President of Business Development, Rich leads our global sales efforts working closely with leading companies across our industrial automation, robotics and warehouse automation, and commercial vehicles sectors. In his prior role as VP & Senior Director at IHS Markit Technology, he led its Americas and EMEA technology sales teams.  Rich also served as VP of Global Sales at Computer Intelligence, Current Analysis and DisplaySearch where he helped build sales teams and exponentially increase revenue. Rich’s in-depth sales leadership experience and broad experience in market research helps accelerate the strong client development already established at Interact Analysis.

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