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Market report says CAD market in Japan to grow 5.7 percent from 2015 – 2019

A new market report shows that Japan’s CAD industry continues to grow at modest mid single digit percentages over the next four years.


A market analysis report says Japan’s CAD market will continue to grow through the next four years at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7 percent. This, despite a declining population and stagnant economy in Japan over the same period.

Report Details

The report looks at CAD in industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial machinery and electronics. It does not specifically list AEC as an industry. The report notes that one can look at the Japanese CAD market in two halves, 3D and 2D CAD.

Key vendors listed in the report include mostly MCAD and PLM giants, such as Siemens PLM Software, PTC, Dassault Systemes, and Autodesk.

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Other vendors listed as prominent include players such as Robert McNeel & Associates (Rhino folks), IMSI/Design (TurboCAD folks), Bentley, AVEVA, 3D Systems, Intergraph, IronCAD, Mentor Graphics and Oracle.

With such a list this report clearly seems to not be inclusive of the AEC sectors. Otherwise, major players such as Trimble and Nemetschek Group companies would be listed . A listing of the TOC also confirms no AEC focus.

Market drivers listed in the summary include the establish of new R&D facilities. Apple is reported to be investing in new R&D facilities in Japan (this is not mentioned in the report but could be cited as an example). Other trending data indicate increased investments by the Japanese government.

The report costs $2,500 for a single user and is available here.

Architosh Commentary

With the Japanese AEC industry one of the largest in the world, and with the country possessing essentially three times the architects than in the United States, it is too bad this report doesn’t touch AEC at all. There is some contentious debate among the biggest AEC players about who possesses the most market share or influence in the region. With Japan being the second largest CAD industry in the world, and with the country possessing three times the number of architects than the United States, a core breakdown of the AEC markets would be enlightening.

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