CAD Market in APAC 2016-2020

  • Published: Sep 2016
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This industry research report identifies Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, Mentor Graphics, and Siemens PLM Software as the key vendors in the CAD market in APAC. This report also presents a competitive analysis of the market by end-user (aerospace and defense industry, automotive industry, electrical and electronics industry, and others) and by geographical regions (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and others).

Overview of the CAD market in APAC

Market research analysts at Technavio have predicted that the computer aided designing (CAD) market in APAC will grow impressively during the predicted period and will post a revenue of more than USD 3 billion by 2020. The increase in rapid prototyping and tooling in the automobile, aerospace, and manufacturing industries in India in the recent years, resulted in the high demand for CAD. Product visualization comes as one of the major aspects of developing products with high quality and accurate specifications. Automobile companies such as Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Ashok Leyland use CAD for designing and developing their products. The National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project started by few state governments and automobile manufacturers aims to increase the infrastructure in India for testing, validation, and R&D of new and innovative automobiles and their components. This will induce more end-users to adopt CAD solutions, which will propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Due to the high ROI on subscription models, CAD vendors will start reducing the sale of perpetual CAD licenses. Moreover, the subscription model is simple to use and provides a much better user experience for the customers than the perpetual model, and also allows vendors to provide software updates at any time. As a result, the market will witness a gradual shift toward periodic CAD subscription/licenses, which will be one of the major trends gaining traction in the market in the next four years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The market is marked by the presence of a several large- and small-scale vendors and is dominated by major CAD vendors such as Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC, and Siemens PLM Software. The market’s huge growth potential will attract several new vendors to enter the market resulting in intense competition among the existing players and new entrants. This will induce major vendors to acquire smaller players, which will lead to market consolidation. To remain competitive and retain their share of the market vendors have to differentiate their product and service offerings through a clear and unique value proposition.

The leading vendors in the market are -

  • Autodesk
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • PTC
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Siemens PLM Software

The other prominent vendors in the market are BricsCAD, Encore, Graebert, RealCAD, Solvespace, and TurboCAD.

Segmentation by end-user and analysis of the CAD market in APAC

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Automotive
  • Electrical and electronics

During 2015, the automotive industry accounted for more than 32% of the total market shares and dominated this industry. The increasing demand for new energy vehicles in China is one of the major factors for the growth of the market in this industry. Since the design and manufacturing processes of new energy vehicles are different from the traditional processes, automobile manufacturers will start using customized PLM software, such as CAD products, to reduce their product design time and costs.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the CAD market in APAC

  • Australia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea

This market study estimates that in terms of geographic regions, China was the major contributor to the growth of the market and accounted for about 22% of the total market shares. The use of CAD software in the aerospace and defense, electrical and electronics, and automotive industries to improve the product development processes will augment the demand for CAD software from the country. Moreover, with the significant increase in foreign direct investment in R&D sectors of several end-users, the demand for ECAD will also increase.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the CAD market in APAC?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the CAD market in APAC?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the CAD market in APAC?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the CAD market in APAC?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and others.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the CAD market in APAC?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • About CAD
  • Market overview
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: PLM overview

  • Role of PLM in product development

PART 06: Market landscape

  • Market size and forecast

PART 07: Geographic segmentation

PART 08: China

  • Increased focus on R&D
  • Growing demand for ECAD
  • Software piracy poses a threat to CAD growth

PART 09: Japan

  • Growing need for automobiles
  • High training costs

PART 10: India

  • Growing demand for CAD from end-users
  • Increasing investments in development by CAD vendors

PART 11: South Korea

  • Increased focus on R&D
  • Growing need for CAD in automotive industry

PART 12: Australia

  • Economic growth
  • Increasing demand for CAD from other industries

PART 13: End-user segmentation

PART 14: Buying criteria

  • Buying criteria of CAD software

PART 15: Market trends

  • Developments in CAD modeling
  • Shift from perpetual license model to subscription model
  • Shift toward 4-D CAD

PART 16: Impact of trends

PART 17: Five forces analysis

PART 18: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive landscape
  • Overview of major vendors
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 19: Key vendor profiles

  • Autodesk
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • Mentor Graphics
  • PTC
  • Siemens PLM Software

PART 20: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 21: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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