New Market Study: Computer-Aided Engineering in Europe: €1.9B And Growing Fast

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  Computer-Aided Engineering in Europe: €1.9B And Growing Fast.  

Paris, France - September 1st 2011. In a new report released today, 01consulting studies the European MCAE market through countries, regions.

The distinguished leader is ANSYS, followed by MathWorks with approximately 2/3rd of the leader's revenue. Third and Fourth are MSC Software who's back with growth after a few years of decline, and Dassault Systemes, each generating less than half ANSYS' revenue. Then come four vendors with over 20M€ each in just software and maintenance; ESI-Group, Siemens PLM, CD-adapco and Autodesk who is now a player in this market thanks to several acquisitions. The last five vendors generate less than 20M€ each in just software and maintenance in Europe:  COMSOL, Altair Engineering, PTC, SAMTECH and LMS International.

MCAE Europe Market 2011 top vendors: Ansys, MSC Software, Dassault Systemes, ESI Group, LMS International

Top 13 MCAE software vendors ranked by software and maintenance revenue in Europe

The most dynamic segment of the PLM market, even stronger in Europe than in the US with a healthy 15% CAGR in the past 5 years, the Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering market in Europe continues to ignore the economic downturn and almost silently, as per the engineers' traditions it serves, has become the most profitable segment of the PLM business.

As per our previous editions, this report studies the European market value, the actual growth rate and the vendors revenue from 2006 to 2010, through an analysis of the top 13 MCAE software vendors in Europe and through major regions and countries. It provides analysis through multiple criteria, and for each criteria, the ranking per country/regions based on 2010 numbers. Something unique about our European reports which also applies to this report is the market scan through a geographic angle, providing vendors ranking in German speaking regions, French speaking regions, UK/Ireland, Italy and Scandinavia, showing the diversity of tendencies in different European regions. For each region, the size of the market is evaluated. Moreover countries respective ranking is provided for Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain & Portugal, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Benelux, Eastern Europe and the rest of Europe.

MathWorks whose products come under our definition for the Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering MCAE has been added in this edition. As a reminder, applications covered by this market are: structural analysis, FEA or Finite Element Analysis, vibration or modal analysis, thermal, fluid dynamics, crash simulation, fatigue, plastic injection, test simulation and other simulations of modelled systems, multi-physics environments within assemblies or parts.


Smaller than the MCAD market in terms of size, but growing much faster, the MCAE market is experiencing less hype, despite a steady growth since almost 30 years.

The specific characteristics of the MCAE market led us to see some mergers, acquisitions and consolidations in the past few years, as it takes too much time for larger vendors to develop their own technologies and grow them up to cash generating products; they prefer acquiring existing proven technologies which have been validated thanks to smaller vendors. With the solid growth seen in this segment of the PLM market, more acquisitions are going to take place in the coming years.

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01consulting is an independent Consulting group founded in 2002 by Darius Lahoutifard, a senior executive in the Enterprise software markets. The company publishes market reports since 2005 and more generally employs its expertise in marketing, operations, sales, business development, human resources, finance and equity to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including established companies as well as advanced technology start-ups.

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