Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Worldwide market trends in Engineering Services

Engineering services is a huge market: global spending for engineering services is currently estimated at $750 billion per year, an amount nearly equal to India’s entire gross domestic product in 2005. By 2020, the worldwide spend on engineering services is expected to increase to more than $1 trillion.

Key sectors that dominate global engineering spends include high-technology / telecom, automotive and aerospace – accounting for over 55 percent of the total. Other sectors include industrial, defense, utilities and construction.

To date, offshoring of innovation services has largely been done in advanced countries — only 9 per cent of the world’s budget for engineering found its way to low-cost countries.

However, like in many other business functions, competitive pressures are driving large corporations to undertake their engineering activities on an increasingly global basis. A 2005 survey by Booz Allen and Duke University’s Centre for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) found that 36 per cent of companies surveyed sent some of their engineering offshore, 31 per cent offshored some research and development, and 16 per cent shipped out a portion of their product design

Of the $750 billion spent today, only $10-15 billion is currently being offshored—a tiny fraction of the total. India brings home about 12-15 percent of today’s offshored market, which it currently shares with Canada, China, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. This trend towards building increasingly global R&D footprints, observed over the past few decades, is expected to accelerate over the coming years with emerging economies – notably India emerging as the destination of choice for these expansions

Updated on: 27 Sep, 2006

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