Market Size, Share, Forecast & Trends: Global Standards Publishing

Author: Tatiana Khayrullina

Date: May 21, 2020


Standards publishers face the challenge of delivering social good while supporting an evolving industry, governments negotiating trade agreements, and regulators ensuring public safety. This report provides a view of the size and structure of the market in 2019 and its key drivers and disruptors.



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 course of this research, we have refined our understanding of annual revenues reported by a number of players in 2018, which resulted in revising down the overall size of the standards publishing market in 2018.

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, ASME, ASTM, BSI (UK), CSA (Canada), Dansk Standard (Denmark) DIN/Beuth (Germany), IEC, IEEE, IHS Markit, ISO, NEN (Netherlands), SAE International, SAI Global, Standards Australia, Techstreet, and UL.

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. 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.


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 1: Leading Standards Publishing Bodies

Related Research

About the Author

About Outsell


List of Figures

Figure 1: Standards Market Size, 2017-2019 ($millions)

Figure 2: Standards Market Size Growth Forecast, 2019-2023 ($millions)

Figure 3: Standards Market Revenues by Region, 2019

Figure 4: Standards Revenue by Organization Type, 2019

Figure 5: Aggregators Standards Revenue by Provider, 2019

Figure 6: National Standards Bodies Standards Revenue by Provider, 2019

Figure 7: Standards Development Organizations Standards Revenue by Provider, 2019


List of Tables

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

Table 2: Top 10 Standards Providers, 2019

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