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JPR Report: CAD Industry in Slow Recovery Jon Peddie Research Announces the Release of the CAD Report for 2010 to 2014


TIBURON, Calif., May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Right along with the rest of the world, the Computer Aided Design (CAD) industry suffered severe setbacks in the recession of 2008-2009. Fortunately, in 2010 world economies are recovering and so are parts of the CAD industry. Because CAD tools are used in architecture, manufacture, plant design, assembly, tool design, mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), recovery is decidedly uneven. For example the architecture industry was the first to feel the recession and it will take the longest to recover. On the other hand, the automotive industry, which saw a spectacular meltdown in 2009, is coming back more quickly. As with all recessions there are benefits to be realized in a slowdown and in some cases those benefits are already showing up in 2010.

Jon Peddie Research (JPR) estimates the CAD software market to be $5 billion in 2009. This is a 23% decrease compared to 2008 when the market reached a high of $6.7 billion. All industries in all geographies felt the effects of the recession. The market will grow in 2009 but it will not recover to the high levels seen in 2008, which was unnaturally fueled by financial bubbles. As difficult as the recession in 2009 has been and will continue to be for many companies, it will serve as a jump start for long term growth as many companies take the time afforded by a slow down to move to advanced technologies and retrain workers.

Inevitably, this same process is driving many workers out of the CAD industry.

The contraction is tightest at the bottom rungs of the CAD work force where CAD operators or CAD drafters move on to find new opportunities. JPR estimates that at least 200,000 workers have left the CAD industry worldwide. In the coming years there will be increased opportunities for CAD workers who can take advantage of new software capabilities to increase their companies' efficiencies. In the architecture related fields, these opportunities will come to people who can help their companies move to a Building Information Management (BIM) workflow. In manufacture, we are seeing new opportunities appear in improving Product Data Management/Product Life Management/Customer Relationship Management (PDM/PLM/CRM) workflows, and analysis. In all segments of the CAD industry, rendering is become a mainstream capability across the board as workers become interested in creating their own visualizations.

In 2010, the CAD market will grow to $5.4 billion, a modest increase of 5%. We expect the CAD market to fully recover by 2013/2014.

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -------- C $ $ $ $ $ $ 7,521.57 AD revenue in 6,706 5,176 5,435 5,924 6,161 6,716 Millions of U.S. $ ------------------ ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -------- Source: Jon Peddie Research, 2010 The 2010 JPR CAD Report The 2010 JPR CAD Report is a detailed report that looks specifically at the CAD market. It includes information on worldwide CAD software revenues, market share, and includes information about the user base. The 2010 report includes forecasts for the major CAD segments: Architecture, MCAD, Process and Power, Civil, GIS/Mapping, and other. In addition, the report looks at the growing interest in the Mac among CAD users, and breaks down CAD use in geographic areas.

The CAD report is available now for $5,000 for a single license and $7,500 for a site wide license. For more information, contact Kathleen Maher or call Jon Peddie Research at 415.435.9368.

About Jon Peddie Research Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented multimedia and graphics research and consulting firm. Based in Tiburon, California, JPR provides consulting, research, and other specialized services to technology companies in a variety of fields including graphics development, CAD and digital content creation (DCC) software, multimedia for professional applications and consumer electronics, high-end computing, and Internet-access product development. The software reports from Jon Peddie Research provide information on the professional and consumer products being used in multimedia, digital content creation, and CAD.

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