Engineering Software Market Grows in Africa

Cambridge, UK. 25 March, 2008. - According to the latest research figures released by engineering and enterprise IT applications market research and analysis consultant, Cambashi, the demand for engineering applications software in Africa in 2007 was worth �108m, an 8% increase over 2006. Cambashi forecasts that by 2010 it will grow to �147m.
Market concentrated in a few countries
Cambashi states that engineering activities tend to be confined to a small number of the more developed African countries. In 2007, South Africa accounted for �54m, half the African demand for all engineering applications software. In manufacturing engineering applications, it accounted for over 70% of all African demand.
In 2007, the North African countries of the Maghreb, many of which are oil rich, accounted for a third of the African demand for all engineering applications software. They also accounted for about 40% of all African demand for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) applications as their national oil companies increased engineering activities.
After South Africa, Egypt is the largest single country market in Africa for engineering applications with 11% of the regional total. Infrastructure development, especially for a strong tourism industry, means a buoyant demand for AEC engineering applications.
Alan Behrens, business development director at Cambashi, commented, “The African engineering applications market today is quite modest. However, the recent developments in South Africa and Northern Africa show that the potential for growth is there.”
Growth prospects
Cambashi forecasts that the whole African demand will grow 9% to �118m in 2008. With so much of the market concentrated in South Africa, the growth of Africa as a whole depends to a large extent on the growth in South Africa. In 2008, economic difficulties in the wider Southern Africa region lead to Cambashi’s forecasts that the South African market will grow 7% to �58m.
Sub-Saharan Africa, of which Nigeria is the largest component, will enjoy the region’s highest growth. Cambashi forecasts that growth will increase from 13% in 2008 to 19% in 2010.
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About Cambashi
Cambashi, based in Cambridge UK, provides independent research and analysis of the business reasons to use of IT in industry world-wide. Its specialist fields include Engineering and Enterprise applications and the infrastructure to enable industrial firms to use IT effectively. Cambashi publishes market size estimates in the Engineering Applications Market Observatory. Its clients vary in size from small to large and include most of the leading software vendors and many pioneering IT users. Cambashi is a member of CATN, an international association of consultants.

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