Global Standards Publishing Market: 2019

Author: Paul Stirner, Ned May

Date: May 27, 2019


Standards play a crucial role in ensuring that products and services are safe, of high quality, and fit for purpose for customers and consumers. As the global economy develops and new technologies emerge, standards are continually developed to underpin a more interconnected and digital economy. Standards developers and retailers need to meet complex challenges, adapting the ways that standards are developed, monetized, and delivered to support evolving end-user needs while maintaining sustainable models for their own futures. This report is the seventh in a series of annual updates, providing a view of the size and structure of the market in 2018 and its key drivers and disruptors. The report highlights essential actions for CEOs and their executive teams at stakeholder organizations within this sector and for investors in the space who must understand its unfolding dynamics.


To create market sizing estimates, we took revenue data from Outsell’s information industry database for all major players in this space and conducted a bottom-up calculation of total revenues from the sale of standards. We compiled the revenues for standards products using data and guidance available in public financial filings, investor presentations, and annual reports, supplementing these with our own informed estimates.

In the light of this research, Outsell has reviewed some of our revenue estimates for the major standards resellers and, as a result, revised down our previous estimate of the aggregators segment of the market. The changes have been applied to earlier years, so the growth rates reflect actual market performance in 2018.

Following this desk research, we corroborated our findings with information provided by public bodies, research performed by trade bodies and national standards organizations, and Outsell’s portfolio of related primary research. Outsell also conducted interviews with leading standards development organizations and resellers, creating a qualitative picture of market drivers, disruptors, and the competitive landscape. Representatives participating in our research came from AENOR (Spain), AFNOR (France), ANSI, API, ASME, ASTM, BSI (UK), CSA (Canada), DIN/Beuth (Germany), IEC, IHS Markit, ISO, JSA (Japan), MADCAD, NEN (Netherlands), SAE, SAI Global, Techstreet, and XSB.

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 supported our analysis.


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Table of Contents

Why This Topic

Market Definition

Channel Profile

Market Growth and Performance

Market Composition and Competitive Landscape

Key Trends and Market Drivers

Essential Actions

Appendix: Leading Standards Publishing Bodies

Related Research

About the Authors

About Outsell

List of Figures

Figure 1: Standards Market Size, 2015-2019 ($millions)

Figure 2: Standards Market Size Growth Forecast, 2018-2022 ($millions)

Figure 3: Standards Market Regional Revenues, 2018

Figure 4: Standards Revenue by Organization Type, 2018

Figure 5: Aggregators Standards Revenue by Provider, 2018

Figure 6: National Standards Bodies Standards Revenue by Provider, 2018

Figure 7: Standards Development Organizations Standards Revenue by Provider, 2018

List of Tables

Table 1: Annual Percentage Changes in US Dollar Exchange Rates for Selected
Major Currencies

Table 2: Top 10 Standards Providers, 2018



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