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  • Railway Track Systems - Global Market Trends 2020Asia is increasingly becoming the hub of the international market for rail systems. In addition to major domestic projects, Chinese financiers, manufacturers, construction and planning companies in particular are increasingly implementing high-quality projects in other parts of the world. Their influence can be seen most clearly in the heart of the rail infrastructure, in the railroads.
  • Worldwide Market for Railway Industries 2020The current worldwide market for railway technology in 2019 is EUR 190.9 billion. According to an estimate by SCI Verkehr, the market will grow by 2.2% p.a. to EUR 213.2 billion in 2024. This means that the railway industry will remain a growth market despite the current developments. However, the increase is much smaller than expected before the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Diesel and alternative drive locomotives - Global Market Trends 2020In 2019, the worldwide market for new diesel and alternative traction locomotives was at an extremely low level of approx. EUR 2.75 billion. The OEM market for diesel locomotives has recently come under severe pressure for a variety of reasons.
  • Multiple Units - Global Market Trends 2020The global market for new multiple units is characterised by a high volume of currently almost EUR 9.8 billion and a dynamic growth perspective of 8.1% p.a. until 2024. With more than 85%, the market for electric multiple units accounts for a significant share of this growth.
  • Worldwide Rolling Stock Manufacturers 2020SCI Verkehr estimates the total global revenue of new rolling stock to be around EUR 57 billion which corresponds to a CAGR of approx. 2.2% between 2017 and 2019. CRRC remains the global market leader by far, with a very strong position presence in the market for passenger rail vehicles. A merger of Alstom and Bombardier would create a second major manufacturer, but only narrow the gap to CRRC by a small margin.
  • Freight Wagons - Global Market Trends 2020After an all-time high in 2018/2019, a calming of the market already began at the end of 2019 even without the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The influential country markets of China and Russia are mainly responsible for this.
  • Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Railway Sector in EuropeAlso available for rail passenger or rail freight only! Rail passenger transport has been particularly hard hit by the Europe-wide restrictions on contact, with demand plummeting between 40% (Sweden) and 90% (Italy, France) in April.

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France / SNCF plans sale of Ermewa

French state railway SNCF is planning to sell its subsidiary Ermewa, a leasing company for freight wagons. SNCF expects to receive EUR 2.5 billion in revenue from the sale. The Ermewa Group, which has around 750 employees, was created through several takeovers in 1992, 2003 and 2010 and was taken over by SNCF in 2010. It has 42,000 freight wagons and 60,000 tank containers and achieved a turnover of EUR 486 million and an operating profit margin of EUR 263 million in 2019. SNCF has no plans to sell its other subsidiaries Keolis or Geodis.
Source: Le Figaro 13.10.2020

Japan / Toshiba to develop hydrogen fuel cell module for rolling stock

On 8th October 2020, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (ESS) signed an agreement with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for the development of a multi-utility hydrogen fuel cell module for various transport applications including rolling stock. The agreement is part of a range of technology research and development programmes for the widespread implementation of fuel cells. The project will develop a compact, lightweight and high-power hydrogen module with a power output of 200 kW, named H2RexTM-Mov, for use by vessels, rolling stock, construction machinery and other modes of transport. The project is to be completed by the end of 2024.
Source: Toshiba press release 08.10.2020

Germany / DB and ThyssenKrupp reach out-of-court settlement

German state railway DB has reached an out-of-court agreement with ThyssenKrupp on damages for possible cartel agreements in a private market rail cartel case. This settlement with ThyssenKrupp GfT Gleistechnik and ThyssenKrupp Materials Services completely closes the case. Between 2001 and 2011, the private companies supplied rails not directly to DB but to construction companies which carried out infrastructure projects on behalf of DB (((48/2012-16351))). The settlement sum will be passed on to the federal government in proportion to the share of funding. However, the Federal Ministry of Transport still has to approve the settlement. At the same time, DB has already reached out-of-court settlements with Voestalpine (((18/2013-19948))), ThyssenKrupp and Vossloh/Stahlberg-Roensch (((12/2016-44503))) on the DB market railway cartel in recent years. A lawsuit for damages pending before the Frankfurt/Main Regional Court primarily concerns deliveries by Moravia Steel, which according to DB has so far refused to reach an out-of-court settlement (((50/2013-25522))).
Source: DB press release 14.10.2020

Austria / ÖBB to receive framework budget worth EUR 17.5 billion

On 14th October 2020, the Austrian Council of Ministers decided to grant Austrian state railway ÖBB a framework budget worth EUR 17.5 billion running from 2021 to 2026. According to the Ministry for Climate Protection, the budget focuses on the expansion of regional transport in the conurbations, the strengthening of regional lines in cooperation with the federal states and the further electrification of the railway network. For example, some 50 km of railway lines are to be electrified by 2030. The states will receive EUR 1 billion for lines in rural areas. Details of the budget will be presented by the Ministry and ÖBB on 16th October 2020.
Source: Office for the Lower Austrian State Government press release 14.10.2020, Eurailpress 14.10.2020

France / Keolis orders 37 electric buses from Heuliez for Pays d’Aix region

French transport company Keolis has ordered 37 electric buses of the type GX 337 ELEC from manufacturer Heuliez for operations in the Pays d’Aix region. The buses are part of an order of 50 vehicles, the delivery of which will run until end of 2022. The 12 m vehicles are equipped with a slow-charging lithium-Ion battery kit with a power output of 350 kWh that supplies a 160 kW electric synchronous motor. In 2020, four such buses have already started services in the Métropolis Aix-Marseille-Provence area.
Source: CNH Industrial press release 07.10.2020