2022 Worldwide CAD Report

Written By
By Kathleen Maher

The AEC industry achieved a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9%. MCAD grew at a rate of 8%. JPR put the number of CAD users at 7.31 million in 2021. 

At the dawn of 2022, our study used vendor forecasts and our own to estimate CAD revenues. The immediate future looks promising, but the problems of 2020-2021 have not disappeared. JPR is optimistic about the near future. (Source: JPR, company data)


The CAD market has always been a signpost for the health of the world’s Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) and Manufacturing industries. Moreover, its growth is a leading indicator of expansion for many market segments and infrastructure as companies update and acquire software licenses to prepare for upcoming projects. 

Jon Peddie Research divides its CAD market report into two super-segments: AEC and Manufacturing. “The software tools to support the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; infrastructure; process and power; and Manufacturing industries are resource-hungry. In addition, high revenues and a large user base mean the CAD market influences hardware design for PCs, graphics hardware, servers, and even mobile devices," said Kathleen Maher, Co-Founder and Vice President of Jon Peddie Research. 

CAD market shipments increased 8% sequentially from 2020 to 2021

According to JPR's estimates, the CAD industry earned $9.4 billion in revenue in 2021 compared to $8.8 billion in 2020.

The CAD market is stronger than ever, thanks to the engine of digitalization, which affects all aspects of design and engineering in every discipline. The arrival of CAD along with standardized network protocols signaled the birth of digitalization for design and engineering in the 1980s. We're seeing the fulfillment of digitalization's promise taking shape now and the introduction and inclusion of digital twins.

The large CAD customers in the automotive, aeronautics, construction, machine design, plus process and power industries are gravitating towards system design. The market is transitioning from packaged software tools to building systems to support projects from conceptualization to implementation. Frequently, customers opt for integrated products from the same vendors to build their systems, but they need more than one supplier. No one vendor does it all, though they aspire to develop more comprehensive offerings. Customers now have the upper hand and are pressuring suppliers to ensure software tools from different companies are compatible.

JPR considered data from over 36 CAD companies that offer more than 53 products. In this report, JPR concentrated on the ten market leaders: Autodesk, Aveva, Bentley Systems, Dassault, Graebert, Hexagon, Nemetschek, PTC, Siemens Digital Industries, and Trimble.

The report reviews the market according to the major segments. It provides overall market share figures and market share for significant segments, including AEC, Manufacturing, Process, Power & Marine, with sections on BIM and GIS. In addition, JPR breaks out user numbers for 2D vs.3D and major market segments. Finally, JPR includes its professional opinions on trends, results, and potential issues.

The report highlights CAD industry trends, drivers, and challenges. In addition, JPR incorporated the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry.

Now equipped with improved collaboration and project management tools, the CAD industry is poised for significant growth in 2022.

Contact Robert Dow at JPR ( for details about this report and for a TOC. 

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