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NC Market grew 7.3% in 2014

NC Market grew 7.3% in 2014

June 10, 2015 - CIMdata estimates that based on end-user payments, the worldwide NC software and related services market grew by 7.3% in calendar year 2014. The estimated end-user payments grew from $1.64 billion in 2013 to $1.76 billion in 2014. The market growth rate reflects solid overall NC spending, continuing the recovery from the downturn in the global economy. CIMdata projects that in 2015 growth in manufacturing will continue and end-user payments for NC software will increase by 6.7% to $1.88 billion.

Since 2002, the NC software market has shown modest but steady growth as global economies generally improved. There has been worldwide growth in the sale of machine tools and manufacturing output; greater emphasis has been placed on the efficient operation of machine tools as manufacturing firms have strengthened their competitive positions; and the overall PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) market, of which CAM software is a component, has continued on a strong growth path during this period. CAM software purchases are related to all of these factors-particularly machine tool sales.

The size and growth of the NC software and related services market based on end-user payments is shown in the chart. It can also be seen that approximately one-third of the end-user payments result in reseller revenues and approximately two-thirds of the revenues are payments made directly to software suppliers.

Stan Przybylinski, CIMdata's Vice President of Research commented, "2014 was an interesting year in the NC market. There was solid growth and two leading NC companies were acquired by unexpected new parents: Vero Software by Hexagon AB and Cimatron by 3D Systems. Combining additive and subtractive manufacturing has shown great value in some applications, so the move by 3D Systems bears watching." Jeanne Naysmith, the leader of CIMdata's Manufacturing Practice continued, "While there is a relatively small portion of industrial production that is likely to use additive techniques, the extra creativity that additive manufacturing can offer is likely to increase the complexity of product designs, and this will in turn increase demand for subtractive CAM. Improved product performance coupled with the elimination of capitalized tooling is a strong incentive for manufacturers to explore additive manufacturing's potential."

About CIMdata

CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise's ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM-enabling technologies.

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