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Rail freight market industry profile and value chain analysis explored in latest research

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The value/supply chain analysis reveals the business activities which comprise the global rail freight sector’s value/supply chain. All key stages are highlighted, along with examples of companies active, and assessments of the burning issues for every stage of the value/supply chain.

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 Global Rail Freight Market industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value and volume 2012-16, and forecast to 2021). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market.

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Key value/supply chain stages analyzed include infrastructure, rolling stock, maintenance, and freight companies.


Essential resource for top-line data and analysis covering the global rail freight sector. Includes sector size data, textual and graphical analysis of market growth trends, leading companies and macroeconomic information.

Key Highlights

- The rail freight sector is defined as consisting of revenues generated from freight transportation by rail.
- The global rail freight sector had total revenues of $188.7bn in 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2% between 2012 and 2016.
- Sector consumption volume increased with a CAGR of 0.3% between 2012 and 2016, to reach a total of 10,131.8 billion FTK in 2016.
- The Chinese government is currently supporting the OBOR project which seeks to increase connectivity between the Eurasian region with China, in order to boost trade and relations, by investments in infrastructure projects both home and abroad. In January 2017, the first Chinese freight train reached the UK after crossing eight countries in 18 days.

German DB Cargo has estimated that as a consequence of these Chinese investments, the amount of goods transported between China and Germany will grow to 100, 000 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) by 2020, up from 40, 000 TEU in 2016.
- Infrastructure is critical to the rail network and the vast size of networks means it is lucrative business. Some companies have circumvented laws prohibiting train operators also operating infrastructure by setting up dedicated subsidiaries.
- Competition has intensified markedly in train manufacturing in recent years, spurring a wave of consolidation as scale becomes critical to survival.
-Demand for rail freight is increasing; infrastructure and rolling stock investment must keep pace


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- Quickly and easily identify the key stages and sub-stages of the global rail freight sector value/supply chain
- See examples of companies active at each stage of the global rail freight sector value/supply chain
- Examine trends and burning issues impacting the global rail freight sector value/supply chain

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