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Rail Composites Market

Rail Composites Market

Global Industry Analysis (2019 - 2022), Growth Trends, and Market Forecast (2023 - 2030)

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Preliminary research of Fairfield Market Research indicates a promising growth outlook for global rail composites market during the course of next few years.

Growing Consumer Preference for Luxury Vacations Bolsters Rail Composites Market Revenue

One of the main elements contributing to a good outlook for the rail composites market is the significant growth of the travel and tourism sector worldwide, together with travelers' growing preference for opulent vacation experiences. Additionally, the market expansion is being boosted by train manufacturers' increased focus on using environmentally friendly and economically advantageous materials. Rail composites are frequently utilized to create lightweight body shells, bogies, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, interior linings, and other components of high-speed rail (HSR) to reduce the overall weight of the train. With a combined length of almost 44,400 kilometers, Asia Pacific now has the longest high-speed railway network in the world.

The development of high-speed trains, monorails, and metro rails, as well as the rise in demand for lightweight materials with higher mechanical performance, aesthetics, and fire safety, are the primary factors driving the growth of the rail composites market. The development of green technology goods and high-performance composites for interior and exterior usage are two emerging developments that directly impact composites' dynamics in the global passenger rail industry. Due to its twin feature of mechanical properties and aesthetic emerging for railways, railway composites have gained recognition as a capable material for the global transportation industry. Due to the high-quality criteria, it is projected that the demand and consumption of railway composites will increase significantly.

Other growth-promoting elements include a variety of product advancements, such as the creation of substitute composite materials, including thermoplastics, modified epoxy glass pre-preg, and phenolic sheet molding compounds (SMC). Manufacturers of goods are also creating biodegradable and sustainable alternatives to the current composites based on natural fiber and resin. In January 2022, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) announced that the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had approved the company's composite scheme to acquire Sarguja Rail Corridor Pvt Ltd (SRCPL), which will take effect on April 1, 2021. It is projected that further factors, such as significant research and development (R&D) efforts and infrastructure advancements, will fuel the expansion of rail composites market.

Rail Composites Market: COVID-19 Impact

The global COVID-19 outburst has hugely impacted supply chains because key economies have halted commerce. Additionally, in 2020, demand for the product decreased across several end-use industries, including aerospace, automotive, and construction. The passenger rail composites market will be significantly impacted by the global effects of the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) in 2021. Flight cancellations travel bans, and quarantines, restaurant closures, restrictions on all indoor and outdoor events, the declaration of states of emergency in over forty countries, a significant slowdown in the supply chain, stock market volatility, a decline in business confidence, rising public anxiety, and uncertainty about the future are just a few of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Accelerating Government Programs to Boost Rail Composites Market Expansion

Government investments in rail and rail infrastructure construction are fueling the expansion of rail composites market. The government of several nations is investing in the construction of urban rail transit for intercity and intrastate travel due to the fast urbanization that has raised the demand for public transportation in metropolitan areas. For instance, the Ministry of Railways has been given funding of Rs 72,216 crore (about US$10.33 Bn) in the Indian Union Budget 2020–21, further stimulating the rail composite market. As a result, the demand for products made of carbon fiber, glass wool, thermoset composites, and fiber-reinforced plastics is developing due to the increasing investment being made in constructing railway infrastructure.

Low Maintenance Costs, and Increasing Energy Costs Will Support Rail Composites Market Growth

The high energy consumption and associated rail transportation costs are driving the rail composites market. Composite materials are more energy-efficient and lighter than traditional materials like steel. Costs associated with energy are higher on both an economic and environmental level. Therefore, creating technology with lower energy requirements becomes essential. Rail composites have long-term economic advantages since they use less energy and have lower maintenance costs due to train and track deterioration. These composites provide excellent corrosive, chemical and weather resistance. Due to the non-flammability of these composites, there are fewer fire-related incidents, further stimulating the rail composite industry.

Availability of Inexpensive Alternatives, and High Composite Costs Continue to Hamper Rail Composites Market Growth

Although composites are an excellent material for many rail applications, their high price tends to decelerate the expansion of rail composites market. Due to labor and machining requirements, composites have a high manufacturing cost. Due to the specialized nature of composite manufacture, expert people and cutting-edge equipment are needed. Additionally, the carbon atoms are bound together in aligned crystals to produce a microfiber to form fiber-reinforced plastics, glass wool, thermoset composites, and carbon fiber. This is a very time-consuming process that raises the cost of production overall. Additionally, the accessibility of low-cost substitute materials like steel, aluminum, and wood impedes market expansion.

Fiber Glass Composites Dominate Rail Composites Market on the Back of Improved Functional Attributes

In the forecast period, the fiberglass material segment accounted for the largest share of the rail composites market. High strength, weatherability, chemical resistance, and non-flammability are all characteristics of glass fiber. The most comsmon composite material used in the construction of railroads is fiberglass composite. Due to their superior structural qualities and enhanced appearance, these composites are frequently employed in passenger coaches. These coaches are constructed from fiberglass that has been reinforced with polyester, epoxy, and phenol resins. This gives them excellent strength, flexibility while working with them, and the ability to be easily molded into any shape. In manufacturing locomotives, glass wool material reduces weight, provides heat resistance, and increases fuel efficiency. As a result, the market for rail composites is further boosted by using fiberglass in railways.

With Increased Need for Comfortable Train Journeys, Interior Composites Dominate Rail Composites Market

In the forecast period, the interior category accounted for a major share of the rail composites market. Due to their excellent performance characteristics, non-flammability, good aesthetics, high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, reduced vibration and noise levels, and low thermal conductivity, composite materials like fiber reinforced plastics, glass wool, thermoset composites, and carbon fiber are in high demand for interior applications. In a railway, composite sleepers are the greatest substitutes for wooden or steel sleepers since they are less expensive to maintain and repair than other sleepers. The demand for rail composites is also anticipated to rise in the forecasted period due to increased investment, the development of new railway routes, the convenience of transportation, and the growing population.

Asia Pacific Leads Global Rail Composites Market with Multiple Ongoing Rail Projects

In 2021, the Asia Pacific region held a 45.8% sales share and led the global rail composites market. The demand for greater connectivity and more trains is rising in Asia Pacific due to the expanding population and increased urbanization in nations like China, India, and Japan. The locomotive sector has received investments from the governments of various nations, which has increased demand for the market under study. In recent years, the Chinese government has made investments in railroads. The Yinxi High-Speed Railway (618 km), the Shanghai to Hangzhou Railway, and the Lagos to Ibadan Railway are a few of the country's active railroad projects (794 km). Numerous metro projects are in progress in India. A few examples are phase 2 of the Chennai Metro, Phase 4 of the Delhi Metro, and the East-West Metro in Kolkata. By the start of 2025, these projects should be operational. The ASEAN nations and Japan have contributed to the market expansion under investigation. The rolling stock market, primarily used for passenger transportation, is led by Japan in terms of technology. The nation is always investing in creating cutting-edge technologies for rolling stock. Therefore, based on the aforementioned factors, it is anticipated that the Asia Pacific region will dominate the market.

Global Rail Composites Market: Competitive Landscape

In January 2022, Wabtec Corporation purchased the railway friction business from Masu, an Indian manufacturer of friction materials for the automotive and rail industries. The acquisition is worth USD 34 million. The purchase, which has acquired all essential regulatory clearances and is subject to customary closing conditions, will significantly increase Wabtec's installed base and accelerate growth throughout its braking product line. In May 2021, Celanese Corporation, a worldwide chemical and specialized materials manufacturer, announced a three-year plan to enhance engineered materials compounding capacities at the company's Asia sites in Nanjing, China; Suzhou, China; and Silvassa, India.

A few of the players in the rail composites market include 3A Composites Holding AG (Schweiter Technologies AG), AIM Altitude (AVIC International Aero-Development Corporation), Dartford Composites Ltd., FDC Composites Inc., Gurit Holding AG, Hexcel Corporation, Koninklijke Ten Cate B.V., Teijin Limited, Toray Industries Inc., and TPI Composites Inc.

Regional Classification of Global Rail Composites Market Can be Given as Below:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada


  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East and Africa

  • GCC
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa

*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability.

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Rail Composites Market

  • Rail Composites Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value and Volume, 2019 - 2022
  • Volume Consumption at Regional and Country Level, 2023 - 2030
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value and Volume, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2023 - 2030
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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