Respondents reflect state of industry
More than half of all respondents of the supply chain, i.e. system, material or service suppliers, are associated to companies with revenue below EUR 10 million. Many of the small and micro companies in the supplier group are startups. The market valuation of the entity might far exceed the perceived company type, however, since they have not yet introduced their products into the market, the revenue is low. Out of the supplier group, more than 50 % of the material suppliers are from very large companies.
The largest share of buyer or user respondents are very large companies with a revenue of above EUR 1 billion, combined by all affiliated companies. Metal AM is mainly a B2B market, where hardly any components are sold directly to a private customer. Many large companies use metal AM to produce components for larger machines, systems or products, that provide a functional and ultimately cost benefit.
The share of large companies also well reflects the capital-intensive metal Additive Manufacturing technology. A full process chains is required for successful in-house production, which not only includes the printer system, but also periphery for post processing and finishing as well as engineering capacity.
The majority of respondents of the AMPOWER Report 2020 are from EMEA region, especially the EU, with a share of 61 %. As EMEA is currently the largest market for metal Additive Manufacturing, this reflects the current state of the industry.
The respondents of the Americas (AMER) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC), consisting of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, account for 19 % and 20 %, respectively.
The entirety of respondents come from 33 different countries.