Global Standards Publishing Market: 2017

Author: Jo McShea

Date: June 20, 2017


Standards continue to have a growing impact on our daily lives, covering an ever-increasing set of new fields at the cutting edge of technology and extending across many industry sectors. Standards are also widely recognized as delivering a significant contribution to the global economy.


To create our market sizing estimates, we took revenue data from Outsell’s information industry database for all major players in this space and built a bottom-up calculation of total revenues from the sale of standards. We specified the revenues for such products, using guidance available in publicly available financial filings, investor presentations, annual reports, and, for non-reporting companies, we used Outsell’s own informed estimates. We corroborated our findings with information provided by public bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), research performed by trade bodies and national standards organizations, and Outsell’s portfolio of related primary research. For the purposes of this report, Outsell also held 17 targeted interviews with leading standards development organizations and resellers, resulting in a qualitative picture of market drivers, disruptors, and the competitive landscape to build out a 360-degree view of the market. Representatives from organizations including Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (AENOR), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASTM, BSI, CSA, DIN/Beuth, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) , Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IHS Markit, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Japanese Standards Association (JSA), Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN), SAE, SAI Global, and Techstreet participated in our research.

A deep understanding of information-centric disruptive forces, daily interaction with executives in the information industry, and analysis of products and services that Outsell conducts as part of its advisory services further supports this research.

Outsell Inc. Global Standards Publishing Market: 2017

Global Standards Publishing Market: 2017 updates Outsell’s standards market profile and identifies changing trends and top players to watch. As the standards market continues to harness the power of technology, the extension of four key trends have become more apparent, including:

  • The OECD estimates the impact of standards on trade as so widespread that standards or associated technical regulations affect approximately 80% of trade worldwide.
  • Increased levels of collaboration between the largest Standards development organizations (SDOs) and National standards bodies (NSBs).
  • Expansion of international sales and distribution channels.
  • Development of new areas for standardization.

The pressure continues to rise as standards developers and retailers wrestle with complex and ongoing challenges about how to meet end-user needs and diversify their revenue bases. Purchase this report to find out more about the essential actions stakeholders who produce, sell, integrate, use, or invest in standardization need to take.

Table of Contents

Why This Topic


Market Definition

Channel Profile

Market Growth and Performance

Market Forecast

Global Coverage: Regional Perspective

Market Composition and Competitive Landscape

Market Composition

Competitive Landscape

Performance by Category




Key Trends and Market Drivers

Potential Disruptive Forces

Ones to Watch

Essential Actions

Appendix: Leading Standards Publishing Bodies

Related Research

About Outsell


Figure 1. Standards Market Size 2014 – 2016

Figure 2. Standards Market: Size and Growth Forecast 2016-2020

Figure 3. Global Coverage: Standards Market

Figure 4. Standards Revenue by Organization Type, 2016

Figure 5. Aggregators Standards Revenue by Provider, 2016

Figure 6. National Standards Body Standards Revenue by Provider, 2016

Figure 7. Standards Development Organization Standards Revenue by Provider, 2016


Table 1. Currency Effects of Conversion from £, €, Australian Dollars, Swiss Francs, Yen and Yuan into US $

Table 2. Top 10 Standards Providers, 2016


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