SCI Global Rail Index II/2018

Business climate reaches significant peak in second quarter of 2018

The business climate among the leading companies in the global rail industry is benefiting from the good order situation, and has risen significantly once again in the second quarter of 2018 (Q2/2018) to a seven-year high. This is shown by the latest SCI RAIL BUSINESS INDEX, a regular survey of the top managers in the worldwide rail industry by consultancy company SCI Verkehr. The index, which has been steadily rising since Q1/2017 has now, after a phase of moderate growth, made a massive leap and almost reached the highest level of the last decade. Compared to the previous peak level, however, the driver responsible this time is not only the currently good business situation but above all the positive expectations of the managers surveyed in relation to the future business development. Maria Leenen, CEO of SCI Verkehr, is slightly less enthusiastic: “We are currently observing that the worldwide demand for goods – especially for transport between China and Europe – is slightly declining. Protectionist measures, increasing tariff barriers and political sanctions could certainly have a dampening effect on the business climate in the rail industry in the foreseeable future.”

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