CIMdata names CAM market leaders

CIMdata recently named UGS PLM Solutions, IBM/Dassault Sytemes, CNC Software, and SolidCAM as the worldwide CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software market leaders in 2003.


CIMdata recently named UGS PLM Solutions, IBM/Dassault Sytemes, CNC Software, and SolidCAM as the worldwide CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software market leaders in 2003. Each lead in separate rankings used by CIMdata to position numerical control (NC) software vendors.

UGS PLM Solutions was identified as being the largest CAM software supplier for dollar volume of NC software and services revenues received by a vendor. IBM/Dassault Systemes (IBM/DS), however, is the largest vendor by end-user payments for NC software and services. This grouping includes vendor revenues and business partners’ and resellers’ revenues. CNC Software continues to be the market leader for number of software seats sold and installed in industrial markets. This ranking measures the pervasiveness of the product. SolidCAM, an Israeli firm, was named as the most rapidly growing vendor among significant NC software suppliers.

CIMdata estimated that UGS PLM Solutions received $109 million in CAM-related product and services revenues in 2003, for a 15% market share, the largest worldwide by that measure. This was the same revenue level estimated for UGS PLM in 2002. The remaining vendors in the worldwide top five listing of NC software providers were IBM/DS, Hitachi Zosen Systems, PTC, and Delcam.

CIMdata estimated that the end-user payments for CATIA manufacturing-related products and services were $134 million in 2003, or a 12.8% market share. End-user payments include revenues received by IBM business partners as well as that of IBM. On this basis, IBM/DS is positioned as the worldwide largest CAM vendor. Following IBM/DS in this grouping were UGS PLM Solutions, PTC, Hitachi Zosen, and Delcam. Hence, the same suppliers comprised the top five for both of these revenue rankings, but with UGS PLM Solutions and IBM/DS changing places as the industry leader.

CIMdata again named CNC Software as the market leader on the basis of CAM seats shipped. CIMdata estimates that CNC Software shipped 4,280 seats of Mastercam into industrial environments. UGS PLM Solutions, PTC, IBM/DS, and Hitachi Zosen followed CNC Software in the ranking of suppliers by industrial seats shipped. CNC Software has been the market leader in this category in CIMdata’s surveys in every year since 1995 when CIMdata began ranking vendors on this basis.

SolidCAM was estimated to be the most rapidly growing vendor in 2003, with a revenue increase of 39.4% over that of 2002. Vero International, an English company, followed close behind with a 28.3% revenue growth rate. Over the past three years, Vero International is the worldwide growth leader with annual increases of 16%, 16.5%, and 28.3%, respectively. Other firms in the top five listing of most rapidly growing companies in 2003 were Delcam, Open Mind, and TekSoft.

For more information, visit CIMdata .

—David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering,

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