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This is how much additive manufacturing is worth in the top 20 global AM markets

Germany leads with nearly $1.3 billion in yearly AM-related revenues

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Germany generated around €1 billion in AM-related revenues during 2019 according to the latest estimates from 3dpbm. These estimates are based on SmarTech Analysis’s latest report which sees the overall global AM industry (including AM hardware, materials, AM software and AM services) topping $10 billion in 2019. Let’s take a look at the top 20 global AM markets in 2019.

3dpbm is estimating that of these $10 billion, roughly 65% ($6.5 billion) is generated by the top 10 geographic areas for additive manufacturing, while roughly 20% (about $2 billion) is generated by the following 10 geographic areas. In total, these 20 markets are expected to represent almost 90% of all global AM-related revenues.

The results of this analysis show that Germany is the largest single geographic market, with almost $1.3 billion in yearly revenues, followed by the USA and China. Germany is solidly in first place as most of the companies producing industrial 3D printing hardware today are based in Germany as are many adopters and material manufacturers. However, the US is catching up with significant growth in polymer AM while China is growing especially through domestic AM production and adoption.

These top 3 markets all generate more than $1 billion per year in AM-related turnover. The top 10 markets also include large European manufacturing nations such as Italy, France and the UK with similar yearly turnovers of around half a billion per year. These three markets are significant adopters of AM technology. As these are estimates, the margin of error means that the exact positioning in this list could vary. Spain is also a major AM market-driven in particular by the Basque and Catalunya regions.

Scandinavia, Canada and Russia are markets driven by AM material production (and, interestingly, by bioprinting and construction technology as well). India is a rapidly growing adopter, while Japan is expected to also be a major adopter although information is not readily available. The Benelux region is a major adopter with some very relevant AM service providers originating here. Brazil is expected to be the largest AM market in South America, while Mexico is the largest AM market in Central America.


The top 20 global AM markets
The top 20 global AM markets. Source: 3dpbm elaboration of SmarTech Analysis data (data in millions of US dollars).
Germany  $  1,282.12
USA  $  1,231.51
China  $  1,045.94
France  $     489.23
Italy  $     480.80
UK  $     472.36
Japan  $     354.27
India  $     328.97
Spain  $     320.53
Benelux  $     278.36
Scandinavia  $     269.92
Turkey  $     244.62
Canada  $     236.18
Russia  $     227.75
South Korea  $     219.31
Brazil  $     210.88
Mexico  $     202.44
Australia  $     194.01
Portugal  $     177.14
Poland  $     148.50

*In light of additional inputs from local experts, this article was updated on January 21st, 2020: the estimated value for the South African AM market was revised downwards (positioning it now outside of Top 20 Global AM Markets).

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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