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  • Rail Vehicle Maintenance – Market Trends in the After Sales Market in Europe 2020SCI Verkehr expects the COVID 19 crisis to lead to increased competitive pressure between providers in the rail vehicle maintenance sector over the next five years:
  • 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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Germany / Stadler to convert 17 Kiss EMUs for DB

Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler is retrofitting 17 double-deck electric multiple units (EMU) of the type Kiss on behalf of German state railway DB. In addition to extended digital services, adaptations to the interior and the train protection system to ETCS Baseline 3, the upgrade also includes obtaining approval for the vehicles to travel to Switzerland. Eight of the EMUs will also be adapted externally for use as intercity vehicles. The order has a volume of around EUR 22 million. Nine four-car Kiss EMUs from Stadler have been in service with DB Fernverkehr since April 2020, with a further eight trains to be added from the end of 2021. The vehicles were originally built for Austrian company Westbahn (((06/2020-76720))). The EMUs are now being extensively overhauled by Stadler in accordance with DB\'s requirements. The first converted EMUs are scheduled to enter service from the end of 2022.
Source: Stadler press release 22.01.2021

USA / Alstom to deliver up to 500 double-deck coaches to Metra

On 13th January 2021, Chicago-based passenger rail transport operator Metra signed a c. EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.8 billion) framework contract with rolling stock manufacturer Alstom for the delivery of up to 500 double-deck passenge coaches of the type Coradia Multilevel. The initial order is for 200 coaches. The first coach is expected to be delivered 42 months after the contract is finalised, with the full base order complete 30 months later.
Source: Metra press release 13.01.2021

China / Maglev train prototype with 620 km/h top speed presented

On 13th January 2021, rolling stock manufacturer CRRC, Chinese state railway CR and Southwest Jiatong Southwest University presented a jointly developed EUR 7.7 million (CNY 60 million) prototype of a magnetic-levitation (maglev) train with a 620 km/h top speed on a 165 m test track at the university campus in Chengdu. According to the developers, it is the first train with high-temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev technology.
Source: CGTN 14.01.2021

Germany / Duisport acquires stake in CargoBeamer

Duisburg-based port operator Duisport has acquired a stake in Leipzig-based railway technology company CargoBeamer. The two companies are jointly committed to shifting road freight transport to rail. Together, the companies are working towards the digitally-automated transshipment for semi-trailers from road to rail. Combined with robotised goods centres and the electromobile distribution of goods for the last mile, an efficient, sustainable transport network is to be created in North Rhine-Westphalia. An important element for this development will be a joint terminal project based on the CargoBeamer infrastructure. As part of this project, CargoBeamer\'s new CBoXX technology is also to be directly integrated. This is a high-volume rail container that can be loaded and unloaded completely by robot at the terminal.
Source: CargoBeamer press release 22.01.2021

Italy / Solaris to deliver 80 electric buses to Cotral

Rome-based transport company Cotral has ordered 80 electric buses of the type InterUrbino from Polish manufacturer Solaris. The contract also includes maintenance services for a term of ten years. The vehicles are to be delivered in 2021. They will be put into operation on bus routes connecting the cities and towns of the province of Rome and of the whole Lazio region. The 12 m InterUrbino buses are intercity buses. Each bus has capacities for 67 passengers including 55 seats.
Source: Solaris press release 22.01.2021