Rolling Stock Market Size, Growth, Analysis & Statistics by 2025

The global Rolling Stock Market is estimated to be $51.6 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $64.3 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2020 to 2025.

Asia Oceania is estimated to lead the market in 2020; China, Japan, and India are the key contributors to the rolling stock market in the region. Increasing urbanization, adoption of public transport as a means of reducing traffic congestion, growing demand for energy-efficient transport and increasing adoption of rolling stocks for freight transportation are major drivers of the rolling stock market. Along with this, the leading rail infrastructure developers are also adopting collaboration strategies with local rail authorities to develop rail infrastructure.

An increase in demand for electric locomotives and multiple units with government and rail operators support an increase in investment in electrified rail routes will boost the rolling stock market. Also, with rising fuel prices, an alternate mode of transportation becomes very costly. Thus, with rising in the electrified networks, operating costs would be low, which would make mass transportation cheaper as compared to alternate modes of transportation. To make the rolling stock market grow, continued support from the government is required by making investments in rail infrastructure and by investing in the expansion of rail projects.

Opportunity: Increase in industrial and mining activities

Globally, there has been a rapid increase in industrial activity. Industries need transportation networks to move raw materials and finished goods efficiently. Freight transportation by rail has proved to be more cost-effective and reliable compared to road transport. During 2019–2020, more than 1,210.46 million tons of freight was transported in India through the railways. Increased mining activity in emerging economies is also expected to positively impact the market for freight transportation, which, in turn, is expected to propel the growth of freight wagons and locomotives. 

The report analyzes all major players in the rolling stock market including CRRC (China), Siemens (Germany), Bombardier (Canada), Alstom (France), and General Electric Company (US).

The locomotive segment is the fastest-growing market. Due to the rising concerns about transmission losses, component weight, and environmental concerns, rolling stock manufacturers are increasingly focusing on developing technologically advanced solutions. Due to increasingly stringent fuel efficiency norms in North America and Europe, the diesel engine features turbocharged technology which provides a 50% increase in engine power without additional increase in fuel cost as power is generated by the exhaust gas from the engine. The rolling stock industry is gradually shifting towards diesel-electric and electric locomotives

There has been a rapid increase in the number of technological advancements in the rolling stock market. The EMU segment is estimated to hold the largest market share, in terms of value, in 2020. This can be credited to the latest generation of EMUs, which are characterized by modular designs. Advanced electric multiple units are more efficient and favourable than diesel multiple units. The demand for EMUs is expected to increase significantly owing to the construction of new high-speed train lines in China and the demand for new vehicles in Russia, Japan, Brazil, and the US. Such innovations would spur the growth of this market.

The Asia Oceania rolling stock market is expected to be the largest, by value, in 2020. This can be mainly attributed to the demand for high-speed rail projects and dedicated freight corridors via rail transport systems in the region. The Asia Oceania region is the fastest-growing market due to increased production, domestic demand, and capacity expansions by rolling stock manufacturers. This increase in production helps cope with the rising demand for rail transportation and concerns related to fuel-efficiency norms and regulations. In addition to domestic markets, there is an increase in demand from international markets. In January 2020, CRRC received an overseas supply contract worth USD 55.5 from Portugal to supply 18 new light rails with a maintenance period of five years. Thus, demand in the Asia Oceania region is on the rise.

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