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Railway Equipment Manufacturing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Railway Equipment Manufacturing Market Research Report | SIC C30.200 | May 2017

On track: Revenue is expected to grow strongly, supported by a number of large contracts

IBISWorld’s Railway Equipment Manufacturing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd market share
Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue is expected to grow strongly in 2017-18 as major players increase their production
  • Contracts for new stock or signals tend to come in bursts, which results in revenue volatility
  • The government’s pledged to invest in digital signalling is anticipated to support growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The industry relies heavily on long-term rolling stock replacement contracts. These contracts have long lead times and involve periodic payments throughout the manufacturing process followed by a balloon payment when the project reaches completion. This creates revenue and profit volatility. Over the five years through 2017-18, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.4% to reach £1.9 billion. The industry’s performance is heavily dependent on the performance of Bombardier and Hitachi, as they are estimated to collectively account for almost 80% of industry revenue in the current year... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Self-propelled carriages

Self-propelled carriages contribute the most to manufacturing revenue in the industry. As the name suggests, they are carriages (also known as cars or coaches) that have their own power source for propulsion, usually diesel or electricity. Their share of revenue depends on contracts with rail operators. Demand for self-propelled carriages has grown over the past five years due to upgrades to the rail network and contracts secured during the past five years.

Signalling equipment

Signalling equipment includes safety control equipment and track fixtures and fittings. Demand for signalling equipment depends on maintenance budgets and infrastructure projects for new rail lines. The.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry are

  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • Economies of scale
  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from railway and underground railway construction and Passenger rail journeys in the Railway Equipment Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry?

    Companies in this industry manufacture rail locomotives, carriages, train parts (such as wheels) and signalling equipment. Repair and maintenance of trains, train parts and tracks are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    LocomotivesTrain partsSignalling equipmentSelf-propelled carriagesCarriages and goods wagons
    Industry Activities
    Electric and diesel rail locomotiveSelf-propelled railway coachService vehicleLocomotive partSignalling equipment

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from railway and underground railway construction
  • Passenger rail journeys
  • Demand from freight rail transport
  • World price of steel
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Current Performance
  • Order book grows
  • Convoluted operations
  • Margins improve
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Contracts aid expansion
  • Potential influences
  • Table: Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Intercity Passenger Rail Transport
  • Freight Rail Transport
  • Urban Passenger Rail Operations
  • Bus & Tramway Operations
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electric Motor, Generator & Transformer Manufacturing
  • Fastener & Screw Machine Product Manufacturing
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Self-propelled carriages
  • Signalling equipment
  • Train parts
  • Locomotives
  • Carriages and goods wagons
  • Other
  • Chart: Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Interurban passenger rail operators
  • Urban passenger rail operators
  • Freight rail operators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Railway Equipment Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd
    Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd
  • Table: Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Railway Equipment Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • The chassis part of a locomotive to which wheels are attached.
  • Rolling Stock Operating Company (Rosco)
  • A company that owns and maintains railway engines and carriages that are leased to TOCs.
  • Train Operating Company (Toc)
  • A company that operates passenger franchises, where the government has licensed the company to provide services on a route.

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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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