NSCA Announces Electronic Systems Outlook Winter 2023 Report

Published: 2024-03-25

NSCA, the not-for-profit association representing the commercial integration industry, announced the release of its Electronic Systems Outlook Winter 2023 report. Per the organization, this research includes information based upon actual data from January through November 2023, as well as forecasted information for 2024 and beyond.

NSCA partners with FMI to provide this biannual report, which offers the newest and most relevant indicators of business opportunities for integrators. By tracking new construction starts and renovations across multiple markets — including healthcare, lodging, corporate, education, houses of worship, and more — NSCA says it helps pinpoint which verticals should do well in 2024 and the years to come.

According to a statement, total U.S. engineering and construction spending is forecast to end 2023 up 10%, a slightly slower pace than the 12% in 2022. For 2024, FMI forecasts a 2% increase in engineering and construction spending levels compared to 2023.

The Electronic Systems Outlook Winter 2023 edition also provides an updated view of construction data by market for electronic systems/technology. This includes AV, data/IT, building automation/control, life safety/fire/security, and digital signage/lighting.

“While residential construction is down, commercial construction is up. The highest growth among NSCA’s targeted segments includes manufacturing, lodging, and houses of worship,” says Tom LeBlanc, executive director, NSCA. “Manufacturing, for example, is up 78% as compared to 2022, thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. This is good news for our industry.”

According to NSCA, integrators can use the Electronic Systems Outlook to benchmark sales numbers and prepare business valuations. Growth indicators can be used to determine incentive programs, reveal new market potential, and appropriately distribute resources. This forecast data can also be shared with financial advisors and lenders to prove the stability of systems integrators in the marketplace.

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