Rail Wheel and Axle Market to Reach US$ 5.8 Bn by 2030; Supply Chain & Manufacturing Disruptions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Impeding Market Growth


  • Published On : Aug 13, 2020

Increasing railway projects, and electrification in existing rail lines, especially in developing countries such as India and China are ongoing. Key market participants involved in the rail wheel and axle market are focusing on acquiring railway projects and contracts. Moreover, expansion of rail network lines, particularly in China, Europe, and India, such as the One Belt One Road project, are anticipated to drive the growth of the global rail wheel and axle market over the forecast time period.

According to a PMR study, the COVID-19 outbreak remains a hindrance to locomotive and bogie production activities, worldwide, large production regions such as Germany, China, and India among others. The sales of the rail wheels and axles are expected to decline by US$ 160 Mn in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to significantly impact the rail wheel and axle market in the short term. However, in the long run, the global rail wheel and axle market will expand at a CAGR of 5% from 2020 to 2030.

Key Takeaways from Rail Wheel and Axle Market Study

  • Increasing focus on emission reduction leading to replacement of aged diesel locomotives with new ones, owing to stringent emission norms in Europe and North America, is expected to fuel the growth of the global rail wheel and axle market over the forecast period.
  • Based on wheel type, the steel tyred wheels segment is anticipated to witness significant growth, owing to increasing consumption in freight trains.
  • Asia Pacific is alone expected to hold more than 1/3 of the global rail wheel and axle market share.
  • Growing number of players in the rail wheel and axle market have been driving manufacturers to incorporate forward integration, by offering wheel periodic servicing, product consultancy, and installation, to build upon the existing market base and also to occupy the growing aftermarket client base.
  • The aftermarket segment is likely to experience substantial growth during the forecast period, owing to increasing demand for machining of railway wheels. This segment is slated to account more than half of the market share in the sales channel.

“Although demand for rail wheels and axles is mainly driven by increasing locomotive and bogie production, aftersales service is a key winning strategy for market participants, owing to frequent replacement of rail wheels. Also, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the value chain of the market, and because of this, companies are focusing on the decentralization of their raw material suppliers,” says a PMR analyst.

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Rail Wheel and Axle Market Participant Insights

The global rail wheel and axle market is highly competitive, with various manufacturers offering identical products. Stakeholders in emerging markets are poised to expand their business operations and increase value-addition in their product offerings through portfolio rationalization. Manufacturers are also focusing on improving their R&D capabilities to introduce new lightweight rail wheels and axles, which will help reduce overall weight and maintenance costs, and increase fuel efficiency along the way.

What Does the Future Hold?

Aftersales service is extremely vital in gaining customer confidence, as rail wheels and axles are prone to repeated failures and extreme wear and tear during operations. To provide fast delivery, market participants are focused on the make-to-stock production approach based on rail or train type.

Want to Know More?

PMR has published a market research study on the rail wheel and axle market that contains global industry analysis of 20152019 and opportunity assessment for 20202030. The report provides insightful analysis of the rail wheel and axle market through six different segments, namely, wheel type, axle type, end use, sales channel, product type, and region. The global rail wheel and axle market report also provides supply and demand current trends, detailed overview of the parent market, and a comprehensive list of suppliers and distributors in the market.

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