The rolling stock industry is noticing substantialalterations, primarily due to shifts in industry and competitive landscape,different market trends impacting the overall rail industry as well as thevariations in demand and customer requirements, and innovation in IoT, bigdata, and analytics, resulting in multiple growth opportunities.
It is imperative that rolling stock suppliers address thechanges in the market and adapt them at the earliest. New potential propositionsand strategic decisions should be made by the suppliers to articulate thepotential of new offerings. This is especially important since the major growtharea is advanced services, which require new business models, new customerinteractions, and new talent and skills in the manufacturers’ organizations.Considering the trend of consolidation, suppliers shouldbegin l leveraging external partnerships and establishing cross-functionalteams will equip them with the skills and open mindset required for experimenting,innovating, and remaining competitive in the long run.Core segments of new vehicles would be under pressure fromslow market growth, large pool of suppliers, and price pressure due to emergingsuppliers focusing on the export market.
Growth is primarily seen in theservice business. Rail Rolling Stock Market LandscapeThe Rolling stock industry, which manufactures train sets,locomotives and wagons for the passenger and freight railway, is in the maturestage of the lifecycle. It has resulted in an unsteady and slow growth. Overthe five years to 2022, rolling stock manufacturing industry is expected toexperience slow growth, with revenue projected to increase an annualized 2 percent to $71 billion by 2022. The industry’s product groups are not changing rapidly andits markets are saturated.
Moreover, the industry has not experienced any majorconsolidation (except Alstom-Siemens and CNR-CSR). However, the rate of growthof new companies is relatively slow, and the major companies in the industryare all long established players with strong market share positions. While thesize of the industry does fluctuate with changes in downstream demand markets,its close ties to transportation and shipping tend to create a level ofstability.The rising industrial production and trade value,government funding and regulation of downstream markets, and strong demand fromrail transportation will contribute to the growth of industry revenue.
Globalcompetitors have established their presence in both developed and developing nations.As the trade-weighted index increases, industry products produced abroad willbecome less expensive for downstream markets, to the disadvantage of domestic manufacturers.