Market player categorization
Suppliers and buyers
The AMPOWER Report classifies market players into two categories: suppliers and buyers. The supplier group is further divided into system, material, and part manufacturing suppliers. System suppliers are evaluated based on machine sales and additional services like maintenance and application development.
Sold feedstock falls into the group of material suppliers. The material supplier group includes feedstock sales, and the report uses a model based on the installed base of machines to estimate feedstock consumption and revenue generated.
The group of part manufacturing suppliers comprises entities that provide AM production services to customers across various industries. Part manufacturers that almost exclusively provide products to one industry, such as an aviation Tier 1 supplier, are defined as users or buyers within that respective industry.
Secondary goods and services in the AM process chain are excluded from the service supplier group and not tracked in this report. This includes for example general machining or post processing of AM parts, sales of periphery, e.g. shot blasting cabinets, as well as software, such as CAD or preprocessing tools.
The group of buyers are users of Additive Manufacturing technology who purchase machines, feedstock or services from part manufacturing suppliers to produce and provide goods for their customers. These buyers are companies that are known to use AM technology or have announced plans to do so in the future. For companies that will become buyers in the future, the report includes projections for unknown entities and volumes. Industry-specific Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers that deliver goods primarily or exclusively to a single vertical are also considered users and not part manufacturing suppliers.