Emerson Electric Company (NYSE: EMR) provides manufacturing equipment and services for pulp/paper and pharmaceuticals processing plants. It also makes air-conditioning units, refrigerators, welders, and motors for both consumer and commercial use.  Emerson is diversified with the over 60 businesses it has acquired and is extensively international, especially in emerging markets in Asia.  
In 2009, EMR generated a net income of $2.75 billion on $21.52 billion in total revenues. This represents a 29.6% decrease in net income and a 15.6% decrease in total revenues from 2008, when the company earned $3.91 billion on $25.50 billion in revenue.
Emerson is heavily dependent on foreign markets and US exchange rates. Just over 50% of all of Emerson's sales are conducted abroad. Tarrifs, trade barriers, taxation, foreign regulation, and exchange controls all have a large influence on the company's business. The fall of the dollar and the relative rise in foreign currencies makes necessary foreign goods relatively more expensive but greatly improves exports. 
In 2004, Aetna Casualty and Surety Company and 56 other insurance carriers refused to pay for liabilities Emerson incurred from environmental damage to soil and groundwater to 64 sites in 26 different states. Emerson filed a law suit against the 57 insurance companies, but failed to win the court ruling and was forced to pay for the liabilities. If it faces future litigation or laws due to product liability or environmental concerns, it will result in increased costs. The growth of U.S. environmental legislation to further regulate excess waste and byproducts within the industry will put Emerson at risk to receive noncompliance fees or elevated cleanup costs.
Some of the largest competitors include ABB Ltd (ABB), General Electric Company (GE) and Hitachi (HIT) in the Industrial Equipment & Components sector. ABB (ABB) competes with Emerson's Process Management and Industrial Automation. General Electric Company (GE), one of the world's largest conglomerates, competes with the Climate Technologies, Industrial Automation and Appliance & Tools segments. The Tokyo based Hitachi (HIT) competes against Emerson's Network Power.
Within the manufacturers of industrial equipment, Emerson faces:
Emerson also faces many small, specialized, private companies such as Shupper-Brickle Equipment Co which makes winches, hoists and cranes.
The company's diversity in product range and geographic locations makes it more stable than competitors. For example, if the commercial refrigeration sector declines, Emerson is able to rely on its other products to maintain it. Its global reach gives it the ability to maintain a consistent revenue even if the economy were to decline in one market.