GVR Report cover Europe MRO Distribution Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Europe MRO Distribution Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product, By Sourcing/Service Type, By Maintenance Type, By Distribution Channel, By Application, By Country, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Mar, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-886-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 193

Report Overview

The Europe MRO distribution market size was valued at USD 196.21 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% from 2021 to 2028. The growing demand for repair, maintenance, and service operations in manufacturing and industrial activities, majorly in Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Finland, is expected to provide growth opportunities to the Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul (MRO) market. The commercial availability of the MRO products and skilled workforce for services has created a wide scope for the development of industrial and manufacturing activities in Europe. This has also improved the sales of the prominent players in the European economies. Furthermore, ascending industrial output is expected to raise MRO operations in Germany, Italy, France, and Russia.

Germany MRO distribution market size, by product, 2017 - 2028 (USD Million)

Several industries in Europe have adopted integrated service concepts to improvise the quality of service and equipment that are used in critical operations. This concept also helps the industries to reduce the cost of repair and maintenance. This trend is anticipated to drive the MRO distribution market in Europe over the projected time.

As maintenance and repair operations are an integral part of daily operational activities and the elevation of the MRO distribution industry in Europe, especially post-recession period along with the advantages associated with the outsourcing of MRO processes, most industries in Europe prefer to be associated with distributors rather than managing these in-house activities. Hence, these factors are expected to drive the MRO distribution market in Europe over the forecast period.

The introduction of e-commerce platforms has significantly impacted the MRO distribution industry across Europe. Distributors and the channel partners of the essential components of MRO have benefitted themselves through these platforms owing to a more optimized and smooth operational flow. This has directly influenced the business models of MRO service providers across Europe.

Key players in the market are focusing on achieving optimal operational costs, enhancing the quality, maximizing output, and acquisition of small players to sustain in the competitive market. Along with the component distribution, major players are focusing on providing additional services for repair and maintenance. Moreover, these players are focusing on inventory management to smoothen the inflow and outflow of the components.

Product Insights

The machine consumables segment accounted for the largest share of 30.2% in 2020 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Worn-out machine parts and exceeding machine capacity are the factors responsible for the replacement and repair of machine consumables over time. These consumables include wires, machine oils, fluids, rotators, shafts, general machine spare parts, cutting devices, and fasteners.

The demand for bearings in the automotive and machinery manufacturing industries can be attributed to their efficiency in carrying heavy loads and the requirement of low maintenance. Rising demand for durable and sophisticated bearings is anticipated to drive this product segment over the forecast period.

Cast iron, stainless steel, copper, special alloys, carbon steel, and thermoplastics are the major raw materials used for producing pipes, valves, and fittings. As these products are used for supplying highly intensive oils and gases, MRO operations are carried out at regular intervals and thus are influencing the distribution of pipes, valves, and fittings.

Lights, wires, and cables need periodic replacement and maintenance owing to their short lifespan as compared to other electrical items. Moreover, appliances, sockets, and switchgear require maintenance at frequent intervals. MRO operations regarding this product segment also focus on electric circuits installed in building structures as the circuits are prominently responsible for the inflow and stability of the electric current to machinery and equipment.

Sourcing/Service Type

The external MRO segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 71.2% in 2020 and is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period. A majority of the companies are focusing on reducing the efforts of their internal departments about MRO operations. Instead, the task of these operations is assigned to external service providers with a skilled workforce.

External MRO service companies in Europe are focusing on providing precise solutions for advanced technology machinery. Maintenance at regular intervals, technical know-how about the machinery, and knowledge about the repair and maintenance of complex equipment are factors contributing to the rising popularity of external MRO service providers.

Internal MRO operations are carried out within the manufacturing facilities to ensure a smooth flow of operations. MRO services are majorly used to avoid interruptions caused by unexpected issues that occur during production. The management carries out these operations for immediate repair and maintenance in cases of machine breakdown due to some fault.

Lower cost of operations and excellent inventory control are some of the benefits associated with internal MRO management. The dedicated department in the company for MRO-related operations is responsible for product supply to the manufacturing facilities. This can reduce the turnaround time to fix an issue in the operational units.

Maintenance Type Insights

The preventive/scheduled maintenance operation segment accounted for the largest share of 58.8% in 2020. This type of maintenance is performed on particular machinery to reduce the chances of its failure. Protecting the machinery or equipment from unexpected breakdowns and ensuring a smooth flow of operations are factors that are increasing the need for scheduled maintenance among companies.

Preventive maintenance is planned by companies to establish consistent practice cycles for performance improvement and enhance the safety of the equipment. Furthermore, planned maintenance helps decrease downtime and reduces the number of repairs for a particular machine. The increased life expectancy of the machine, better conservation of assets, and reduced overtime cost are other factors responsible for the popularity of preventive/scheduled maintenance.

Corrective maintenance is carried out at production facilities to resolve a breakdown and/or faults that have occurred in operations. These maintenance activities are majorly carried out when an issue is sensed in the conditional monitoring when there is a potential fault in routine inspection and cases of equipment breakdown.

The two types of corrective maintenance activities include planned and unplanned corrective maintenance. MRO service providers are engaged in offering corrective maintenance services to the production facilities by conducting a regular check on the machinery and tools. Additionally, routine inspection is carried out in the units to monitor the efficiency of the working components in the machinery.

Distribution Channel Insights

The direct distribution channel accounted for the largest share of almost 70.0% in 2020. Lower cost and bulk delivery of the components used in MRO operations are anticipated to further drive the direct supply segment over the coming years.

Direct distribution involves the manufacturers of MRO components supplying the products directly to the OEMs by eliminating the channel members. Thus, the procurement cost is less for the production companies as well as MRO service providers. However, inventory management is a crucial task as the prices associated with the products witness fluctuations in the context of raw materials.

Indirect distribution of MRO components involves multiples entities, such as manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and end-users or OEMs. Multiple levels of distributors and wholesalers are present in the supply chain, thus impacting the pricing structure of the MRO components used in various operations.

Authorized dealers are involved in the distribution of all types of products offered by a particular company, which, in turn, aids them in providing personalized services to consumers with detailed information on each product. In Europe, MRO service providers prefer the procurement of required components from authorized distributors that ensure product quality and timely delivery.

Application Insights

The machinery and equipment application segment accounted for the largest share of 13.2% in 2020. The manufacturing of machinery and equipment is one of the most competitive and largest manufacturing segments in Europe. The presence of a large machinery manufacturing segment generates a significant demand for periodic maintenance and repair services of equipment.

Europe is among the leading machinery manufacturing regions globally. From the point of view of foreign investors, domestic demand itself offers excellent growth opportunities. The overseas industry players can be a part of this industry and become an important part of its value chain with various strengths in a varied range of verticals.

Europe MRO distribution market share, by application, 2020 (%)

The electrical and electronic manufacturing sector in Europe is undergoing several changes and adopting new technologies in manufacturing facilities. The rising need for advanced technology equipment in household and commercial applications has compelled the manufacturers to make necessary adoptions in the manufacturing processes. This has positively influenced the market for MRO operations.

The pharmaceutical industry in Europe is anticipated to grow over the forecast period on account of government initiatives to develop new treatment facilities for circulatory system diseases, neoplasms, and respiratory diseases. The related MRO services are anticipated to increase in the coming years as pharmaceutical companies are focusing on efficient maintenance of equipment and machinery in the facilities.

Country Insights

Germany accounted for the largest share of 21.8% in 2020 and is projected to maintain its lead over the forecast period. Industries contributing to the economic growth of the country include automotive, metal, coal, machine tools, optics, textile, plastic goods, chemicals, electrical equipment, ships, high precision equipment, and pharmaceuticals.

The food and beverage industry in Italy is anticipated to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period. The growing international demand for specialty food products, such as pasta and bakery products, is likely to have a positive impact on the market growth. The increasing production of food products and packaged food is anticipated to aid the MRO industry growth over the forecast period.

The chemical industry in France produces organic and inorganic products, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, perfumes, and others. The availability of hydroelectricity and the presence of coal mines in the country have attracted chemical companies to establish their plants in these locations. Moreover, the players engaged in the production of petrochemicals have established their units in areas close to Marseille in the south and Le Havre in Normandy.

The automobile and machinery manufacturing industries in Finland mainly cater to the applications in military vehicles, trucks, buses, tractors, forest machines, and other motor production. Maintenance and repair operations related to the motor machines are handled by the manufacturers or the third-party MRO service providers. Moreover, the country has at least eight shipyards that support MRO-related operations frequently.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Prominent participants in the market focus on investments to develop new technologies for product manufacturing and strengthening various stages in the value chain in order to enhance businesses across several application industries.

The players have also adopted strategies including new product development, expansion of distribution channel, and product portfolio expansion. For instance, Valeo Services collaborated with Dana Incorporated in order to develop 48V end-to-end systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. Some prominent players in the Europe MRO distribution market include:

  • Kayden Corporation

  • Bodo Moller Chemie GmbH


  • Graco, Inc.

  • Cromwell Group

  • Mento AS


  • Ascendum

Europe MRO Distribution Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 195.23 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 222.11 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 1.6% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, sourcing/service type, maintenance type, distribution channel, application, country

Regional scope


Country scope

Germany; France; Italy; Netherlands; Belgium; Switzerland; Sweden; Denmark; Poland; Austria; Finland; Czech Republic; Hungary; Slovakia

Key companies profiled

Kayden Corporation; Bodo Moller Chemie GmbH; WABCO; Graco, Inc.; Cromwell Group

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the regional and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Europe MRO distribution market report on the basis of product, sourcing/service type, maintenance type, distribution channel, application, and country:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Bearings & Power Transmission

    • Pipes, Valves & Fittings

    • Electrical Items

    • Packaging Supplies

    • Machine Consumables

  • Sourcing/Service Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Internal MRO

    • External MRO

  • Maintenance Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Preventive/Scheduled maintenance

    • Corrective maintenance

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Direct

    • Indirect

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Food, Beverage & Tobacco

    • Textile, Apparel & Footwear

    • Wood & Paper

    • Mining, Oil & Gas

    • Basic Metals & Metal Products

    • Rubber, Plastic and Non-metallic Products

    • Chemicals

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Electronics

    • Machinery and Equipment

    • Electrical Equipment

    • Transport Equipment

    • Manufacturing

    • Others

  • Country Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Netherlands

    • Belgium

    • Switzerland

    • Sweden

    • Denmark

    • Poland

    • Austria

    • Finland

    • Czech Republic

    • Hungary

    • Slovakia

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