IDC Reports 3D Printing Spending in APeJ to Grow to More Than $4 Billion in 2019

IDC Reports 3D Printing Spending in APeJ to Grow to More Than $4 Billion in 2019

SINGAPORE, March 10, 2016 – According to the new Worldwide 3D Printing Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), 3D printing spending in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) will grow at a 23% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) from $1.5 billion to $4.3 billion by 2019. This new semi-annual spending guidance expands on IDC’s previous 3D printing forecast by offering greater detail on spending levels by technology, industry and geography.

From a technology perspective, IDC’s 3D printing research reveals that APeJ holds the majority share of hardware spending in revenue compared to the Americas. However, the usage of these 3D printers is smaller than the US, Canada and Latin America combined.

“Companies in this region have the capital to invest in 3D printers but have yet to fully utilize the printers to the point of continuous use for production indicating a relatively lower print volume. IDC expect to see stronger growth in the coming years as organizations explore the use of 3D printers unique to their markets,” said Rachel Selvaranee, Market Analyst of IDC’s Imaging, Printing and Document Solutions research.

The spending guide explores the adoption of 3D printing based on used cases across several industries. Discrete manufacturing is the leading vertical market for 3D printing in APeJ in 2015, accounting for more than 60% of the total market and expected to post a 15% CAGR from 2015 to 2019. Meanwhile, aerospace and defense leads in terms of IT spending in 2015, accounting for more than 20% of the total Asia Pacific 3D Spending. With a booming aviation industry in Asia Pacific led by China and Singapore, 3D printing spending is expected to hit close to $550 million by 2019 as 3D printing facilities ramp up production capacity.

Over the 5 year forecast, we anticipate the tools and components application of 3D printing to climb up to a 23% share of overall AP 3D IT spending pie by 2019. The market for this segment is visible in countries such as Australia, where 3D printing service solution now caters to the needs of end-users who have no plans in investing in an in-house 3D printing facility.

The application of 3D spending in the dental sector is another key growth market in the region, with CAGR growth forecast of 26% by 2019. “We are witnessing the growth of commercial 3D printing facilities catered to dental and medical sectors in Asia to cater to the demands of the overseas markets,” said Selvaranee. The healthcare market will witness rapid growth in the future stemming from greater application discovery in the healthcare industry.

“Supportive government policies and research funding from countries like Singapore, China, Korea, Taiwan and Australia are the backbone of the exploration 3D printing in Asia. With this support, 3D printing will fuel growth for innovation in steering the region to increased efficiency and productivity gains,” said Selvaranee.

China will continue to be the frontrunner in 3D printing in the region arising from the growing support of the Chinese government’s “Made in China 2025” initiative as part of China’s 15th 5-Year industrial transformation plan to promote hi-tech manufacturing in key sectors such as aerospace, aviation and automotive industries, as well as educating the next generation of workforce to be equipped with the knowledge of 3D printing technology though the implementation of 3D printers in schools.

“From aerospace manufacturing mainstream to the unprecedented presence in almost all industries, 3D printing is shaping up as smart solution to improve production quality, accuracy and speed. Our research suggests the 3D printing technology foot prints are now perceptible in retail and food processing industries,” said Rubal Sabharwal, Manager, IDC Consumer Insights and Analysis Group.

The Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide quantifies the opportunity for 3D printers, which enable the creation of objects and shapes made through material that is laid down successively upon itself from a digital model or file. Spending data is available for more than 20 use cases across 20 industries in eight regions. Data is also available for 3D printing hardware, materials, software, and services. Unlike any other research in the industry, the comprehensive spending guide was designed to help IT decision makers to clearly understand the industry-specific scope and direction of 3D printing expenditures today and over the next five years.

About IDC Spending Guides

IDC’s Spending Guides provide a granular view of key technology markets from a regional, vertical industry, use case, buyer, and technology perspective. The spending guides are delivered via pivot table format or custom query tool, allowing the user to easily extract meaningful information about each market by viewing data trends and relationships.

For more information about IDC’s Spending Guides, please contact Rubal Sabharwal

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