Relevant ranking: CAM software market leaders named by CIMdata


Version 17 of the NC Software and Related Services Market Assessment report offered by Ann Arbor, Mich.-based CIMdata names the worldwide computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software market leaders for 2007, and projected those expected to be market leaders in 2008.
For 2007, Dassault Systemes was the market leader on the basis of both vendor revenues received and end-user payments for CAM software and services. CNC Software was the leader on the basis of industrial seats shipped, and Planit Holdings was the leader on the basis of industrial seats installed. SolidCAM was named as the most rapidly growing vendor.
Notes Alan Christman, CIMdata chairman and primary author of the report, “Even though there have been recent mergers and acquisitions, the CAM software market continues to be highly fragmented and competitive," adding that there is no single vendor or small group of vendors that dominate the worldwide market.
CIMdata tracks approximately 50 CAM software vendors, and the rankings in the report each list 20 to 30 vendors, depending upon the category.
The 2007 scoop
The 2007 leading vendors on the basis of CAM software and services revenue received are as follows:
• Dassault Systemes;
• Siemens PLM Software;
• PTC;
• Delcam;
• Planit Holdings;
• NDES (formerly Hitachi Zosen Systems);
• Tebis;
• Missler Software;
• Cimatron; and
• CNC Software.
Dassault and Siemens PLM Software were the clear leaders with double-digit market shares and a combined market share of 27.9 percent. The remaining eight vendors in the top 10 had a combined market share of 38.4 percent, and the remainder of the vendors below the top 10 had a combined market share of 33.7 percent.
The 2007 top five vendors on the basis of CAM industrial seats shipped were CNC Software, Planit Holdings, Dassault Systemes, Delcam , and PTC . The seat count rankings are significantly different than the vendor revenue rankings. For example, CNC Software was listed as the leading vendor on the basis of industrial seats shipped, but only the tenth-largest on the basis of vendor revenue received. Conversely, Siemens PLM Software was the second-largest vendor on the basis of revenue received, but fell out of the top five on the basis of industrial seats shipped. The changes in rankings are primarily due to the differences in level and breadth of product and associated software pricing among the vendors.
The worldwide five most rapidly growing CAM software vendors on the basis of revenue received in 2007, as compared to 2006, are as follows:
• SolidCAM;
• Cimatron;
• Missler Software; and
• Dassault Systemes.
SolidCAM, and Cimatron each achieved revenue growth in excess of 30 percent in 2007, as compared to 2006. Over the past five years, SolidCAM has been the consistent growth leader with annual growth rates in the 30-percent range.
On to 2008
For 2008, CIMdata is projecting that the five most rapidly growing companies will be Cimatron, SolidCAM, Geometric Technologies, OPEN MIND, and Dassault Systemes. The rapid growth of Cimatron in 2007 and 2008 comprises a combination of improved organic growth and the acquisitions of Microsystems in 2007, and Gibbs and Associates in 2008.
CIMdata also did worldwide rankings based on brand name, as well as by total vendor. In some cases, this made a significant difference as some vendors only offer products under one brand and some offer products under multiple brands. The multiple brands offered are typically the result of acquisitions and then maintaining the acquired product as a separate brand. For example, the five largest brands for industrial seats shipped in 2007 were CNC Software
CNC Software Mastercam was the leading brand on the basis of industrial seats shipped, whereas some vendors such as Planit Holdings and Delcam had their shipments spread over multiple brands.
Other vendor rankings contained in the report include those for the educational market, those based on revenue by geography and industry, those for verification and post-processing vendors, the total number of people in a company, product development, direct sales, and the number of resellers per company.
Get a copy of the report by contacting CIMdata at (734) 668-9922, or email

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