The Europe Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) distribution market size was valued at USD 184.69 billion in 2018. It is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 2.5% during the forecast period. To improve or standardize the quality of equipment and services in various critical operations and to reduce costs in others, most of the industries in Europe have adopted integrated maintenance, repair, and operation service concepts. The trend has witnessed substantial rise in the regional market post-recession period and hence is expected to drive the MRO industry over the forecast period.
Post the recession period, the MRO outsourcing services sector in the region has increased significantly as majority of the companies sought to cut costs on inventory and specialized workforce. Large multinational distributors are focusing on meeting various customer needs in an attempt to provide quality services at affordable prices. On the flip side, the pressure to meet demand on equipment manufacturers along with emphasis on reducing cost has amplified the attractiveness of distributors and lowered the barriers to advanced and new concepts in integrated services.
Pressure on the manufactures to reduce cost and maintaining product quality has substantially increased the attractiveness of MRO services and lowered the barriers for the stand-alone distributors in the region. For example, in February 2019, Aero Norway increased their production capabilities for light and heavy maintenance works to provide quick and efficient services.
The evolution of e-commerce platforms in the recent past, has helped the market players accomplish higher efficiency and offered them easier access to target markets. This is the most significant trend currently in the Europe MRO distribution industry. Hence, distribution via e-commerce platforms is expected to bring significant penetration and growth for the market players to almost every end use industry.
Distributors in Europe still have to overcome some common barriers to increase their profitability. These barriers include excessive reliance on major suppliers, incapability of distributors to fulfill OEM warranties and specifications, resistance to shifting suppliers, and the fear of risk in internal maintenance departments. Hence, these factors are expected to restrain growth of the Europe MRO distribution market in the next five years.
Machine consumables was the most distributed product category in the market. High priority of manufacturing companies to get the damaged parts replaced and repaired at the earliest to reduce production loss has remained a key factor responsible for segment penetration. This is further backed-up by the stringent government norms for regular check-ups and maintenance of industrial equipment to avoid fatal hazards, which has steered the market.
Pipes, valves, and fittings is projected to be the fastest growing product segment estimated to expand at a CAGR of around 2.86% from 2019 to 2025.
The preventive and scheduled segment is projected to be the dominant maintenance type by the end of the forecast period. Equipment breakdown causes loss of time and money and to increase profitability along with focus on improving return on investment companies cannot afford to face any breakdown circumstances. Stringent regulatory framework for every industrial sector in Europe is yet another factor anticipated to drive growth of this segment.
Manufacturing was the largest application segment in Europe in 2018. The manufacturers in the region are continually seeking large profit margins, which has increased their focus on return on investment. In place of procuring new machinery, the manufacturers prefer repairing and rebuilding their existing equipment even for new programs and capacity expansions.
Industrial machinery and equipment segment is expected to witness above average growth rates over the forecast period on account of growing concerns over machinery break-down leading to extensive productivity loss. Companies in the region adopt a moderate inventory in advance of the scheduled maintenance so as to avoid lag-time and resume production as soon as possible.
External MRO segment was the largest sourcing segment in 2018. As maintenance and repair operations are an integral part of daily operational activities and the elevation of the market in the region, especially post-recession period along with the advantages associated with the outsourcing processes, most industries in Europe prefer to be associated with distributors rather than managing these activities in-house.
In January 2019, Hungarian startup AerinX started developing Augmented Reality (AR) services for the inspection of aircraft. Development of such new innovative techniques is expected to drive the market.
Germany was the leading market in Europe maintenance, repair, & overhaul supplies and services industry which is projected to account for a share of over 22% in 2025. Germany has the largest population in the region with the highest GDP and purchasing power. The presence of a large number of industries in the country is the main factor driving the market.
Poland is expected to emerge as one of the fastest growing consumer markets in the region and is projected to expand at a CAGR of around 5.0% from 2019 to 2025.
Europe MRO supplies industry is an attractive market with presence of wide range of players. Multinationals such as Pooley, Inc.; Wolseley; Wurth Group; and local companies including CROMWELL GROUP (HOLDINGS) LIMITED; Graco BVBA; and Wabco Austria GmbH led the regional market. Most of the distributors have long and short-term contracts with a wide range of local and multinational manufacturers for procurement of all sort of equipment which they later on supply to industries such as food and beverage, chemicals, oil & gas, petrochemicals, aeronautics, automobile, and other asset risk and industrial sectors.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2009 - 2017
2019 - 2025
Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2019 to 2025
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K.
Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends
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This report forecasts revenue growth at regional and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-markets from 2009 to 2025. For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented the Europe MRO distribution market report on the basis of product, sourcing/service, maintenance type, end use, and region:
Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2009 - 2025)
Bearings & Power Transmission
Pipes, Valves & Fittings
Sourcing/Service Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2009 - 2025)
Maintenance Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2009 - 2025)
End Use Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2009 - 2025)
Food, Beverage & Tobacco
Textile, Apparel & Footwear
Wood & Paper
Mining, Oil & Gas
Basic Metals & Metal Products
Rubber, Plastic and Non-metallic Products
Machinery & Equipment
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2009 - 2025)
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