Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Industry Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast Till 2022-2031
Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Industry Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast Till 2022-2031
The report predicts the global Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Industry to grow at a healthy CAGR over the forecast period from 2022-2031.

The global maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) market (henceforth, referred to as the market studied) was valued at USD 616.01 Billion in 2020, and it is projected to be worth USD 701.30 Billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 2.19% during the period of 2022 - 2031

(henceforth, referred to as the forecast period). Further, the outbreak of COVID-19 has severely affected various countries across the world. This is continuing to have a negative impact on various industries, as demands are shrinking along with several disruptions to supply chain and operational challenges. MRO vendors are struggling to maintain their SKUs with the growing disruptions in the global supply chain.

The growing concern for increasing internal efficiency, growing digitization, and increasing investment in maintenance operations are some of the major factors driving the maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) market.

As MRO helps in reducing operational expenditure substantially, through process efficiency and optimized supply chain management, an increasing number of end-user companies are investing in the market studied. Furthermore, the overall economic and manufacturing growth continues to drive maintenance and repair demand in developed and developing economies.

Also, due to increasing demand, many market players are expanding their presence and capacity to cater to a large customer base and encasing the opportunity. For instance, in January 2020, Emerson Bearing Boston, a bearing company catering to the OEM and MRO markets globally, established a pump industry division dedicated to a fast-growing customer base, particularly in the oil and gas market.

Further, enterprises are also witnessing the increasing need for a framework that can guide them in making strategic investments in supply chain capabilities, developing a distribution strategy, identifying risks and opportunities, establishing communication channels, and facilitating cross-functional decision-making.

Owing to such developments, the demand for MRO service providers is increasing in the market. However, with the vulnerabilities exposed in having a China-centric global supply chain, efforts are being taken to explore available alternatives, and India is right at the center of reckoning.

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The evolution of Industry 4.0 is also upgrading the MRO sector. Industry 4.0, powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) movement, involves interconnecting various technological platforms and presents the ability to interface with manufacturing equipment located anywhere in the world. Such capabilities have encouraged the best-in-class manufacturing players to set up more manufacturing facilities. These trends have been observed to be common across the end-user business irrespective of their place of operations owing to faster technology adoption among the vendors.

Key Market Trends

Manufacturing Sector Under Industrial MRO to Occupy Significant Market Share

The adoption of industrial MRO equipment in the manufacturing industry has been impacted due to various driving factors, including the increasing demand to reduce cost, increasing market maturity, cyclical fluctuations in new equipment sales, and the rising need to enhance product quality. With enterprises in the manufacturing sector continuously seeking to achieve large profit margins, they have been looking to maximize return on net assets (RONA).

In practice, the downtime involved in the manufacturing process is quite expensive. Enterprises in the manufacturing industry have been looking to invest in MROs to help them achieve consistency in manufacturing and reduce the length of downtime in the manufacturing process.

Furthermore, manufacturers have been looking to optimize their processes to reduce their overall energy consumption, in adherence to government regulations. In the process, manufacturers have been conducting lifecycle assessments of their products and deploying the required MRO equipment, to practice lean manufacturing.​

Predictive maintenance is expected to be the primary focus for the manufacturing industry to adopt cutting-edge technology-based MRO solutions in their facilities, as this helps reduce downtimes, thus helping in reducing costs and increasing the ROI of equipment throughout usage. In addition to this, predictive maintenance helps to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing facility.

In March 2020, ERIKS, a technical component and service provider, had invested in multiple solution developments to expand its 3D printing capacity for OEM and MRO end users. In the Netherlands, ERIKS has deployed a significant range of Ultimaker 3D printing systems to allow customers to collaborate with ERIKS’ specialists for MRO solutions.

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Furthermore, the discrete manufacturing industry is expected to witness one of the largest digital transformation spending. It is expected to slow down during the first half of 2021 due to the influence of Covid-19. However, process manufacturing is expected to gain traction due to the increase in demand for their offerings in the market. This will create more opportunities for industrial MRO in manufacturing.

The Asia Pacific Expected to Register the Highest Growth

The Asia Pacific region is slowly witnessing an increase in the adoption of professional services. It is considered to be a major manufacturing hub for spare parts that are supplied to different countries. For instance, India is one of the fastest-growing markets for MRO in the APAC region, owing to the significant growth in manufacturing, industrialization, automation, and digitization.

According to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (India), the annual growth in the manufacturing industry in 2019 accounted for 3.9%, from 2.8% in 2016. With the increasing growth in the manufacturing sector, the requirement for maintenance is growing to keep equipment and process running smoothly, thereby driving the growth of the MRO market in the country.

Furthermore, the Government of India is planning to make the country a hub for MRO of aircraft to boost the country's current aviation sector, so that the maintenance cost of the aircraft will come down, with a ripple effect on the prices of the airfare. In December 2019, France-based Safran Group was considering a USD 150-million investment in a new aircraft MRO unit in India to cater to its airline customers.

On the other hand, China is significantly investing in Industry 4.0 to take the next leap in manufacturing. According to Accenture, China's IoT investments will increase to USD 196 billion to cumulative GDP in manufacturing industries alone over the next 15 years. According to the GSMA, China will account for a third (4.1 billion) of the world's Industry IoT (IIoT) connections by 2025. Therefore, such investments in the manufacturing sector are expected to fuel the growth of the MRO market in the country.

With the increase in investment in construction and infrastructure project in the country, the MRO market is expected to witness significant growth. For instance, according to iiMedia. Cn, direct investment in high-speed rail and urban rail transit in China will account for CNY 4,500 billion during 2022 - 2031.

In addition, Japan is one of the prominent industrial automation hubs in the Asia-pacific region, owing to significant progress in robotics and its application. According to IFR, the unit shipment of industrial robots in Japan will account for 64 thousand units in 2021, from 38.59 thousand units in 2016. Thus, the growth in industrial automation is driving the MRO market in the country.

Furthermore, the Korean government decided and set targets to build 30,000 smart factories around the country by 2025, in line with its Smart Factory Roll-out and Advancement Strategy. This will leverage the significant growth of this geographic segment in the future.

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Vietnam evolved as a manufacturing destination in recent years. In China, the rising labor costs, a costly trade war with the United States, and the origin of coronavirus in the country disturbed the manufacturing ecosystem to a considerable extent. This gave Vietnam a chance to emerge as a manufacturing hub of Southeast Asia.

Despite the failure of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, investor confidence was boosted by the imminent passage of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the completion of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). The significant rise of business setups in the country will boost the market’s industrial segment in the coming years.

Competitive Landscape

The global maintenance repair and operations market is moderately fragmented owing to the presence of several MRO solution providers globally. The MRO market comprises several global and regional players, vying for attention in a fairly contested market space.

The vendors are viewing collaboration, mergers, and innovation as a strategic path toward gaining maximum market share. They invest in R&D to utilize it towards product improvisation and the introduction of new products and expand their reach globally.

January 2021 - Wrath Group announced its plans to open the Innovation Center at the headquarters in Künzelsau is planned to open in 2022. The total amount invested comes to about EUR 70 million. Laboratories and workshops are being built on an area of 15,000 square meters.

December 2020 - The Home Depot completed the acquisition of HD Supply Holdings, Inc., for a total enterprise value (including net cash) of approximately USD 8 billion. HD Supply is a national distributor of maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products in the multifamily and hospitality end markets in the United States.

December 2020 - Rubix UK acquired Matara, a supplier of industrial automation products to the UK industry. Also, in November 2020, Rubix Benelux acquired Rotterdam-based Geeve Hydraulics, establishing a strong hydraulics offer for Rubix across the region.

December 2020 - Graybar completed the acquisition of Shingle & Gibb Automation. Headquartered in Moorestown, NJ, Shingle & Gibb Automation provides advanced automation and control solutions to industrial users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Shingle & Gibb Automation was founded in 1933 and had five locations in the eastern United States.