SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan

March 22, 2011 08:41 ET

Frost & Sullivan Declares That European Rail Catenary Market Possesses About 34,600 km of Wiring Opportunity

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) -  Ageing rail networks, rail electrification drives and the growth in high-speed rail have generated tremendous demand for catenary system manufacturers and installation companies. Increasing rail vehicle speeds, paralleled by network reliability concerns, have prompted network managers to look for superior, yet cost-effective, copper alloy catenary systems.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com), European Rail Catenary Systems - Executive Analysis of Copper Requirement for Electrification across Strategic European Markets, finds that the European rail catenary system market offers sizeable market potential due to high mainline catenary renewal, increasing high-speed rail projects and mainline electrification drives. This research service offers an in-depth analysis into the catenary systems markets in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Poland.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Katja Feick, Corporate Communications, at katja.feick@frost.com with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company website, city and country.

"Ageing electrification infrastructure and growth in high speed rail projects are the primary drivers for new catenary systems," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Surendar Chandrasekaran. "Increasing traffic and rail vehicle speed on the track network require networks to adopt superior catenary wiring to ensure safety and maximum network availability."

About 3,250 km of lines are rewired annually in the top six rail network countries in Europe. About 3,460 km of new high-speed projects proposed will require 6,920 track km of fresh catenary wiring. Most network managers are adopting superior alloys, such as CuAg, during renewals in order to cope with the growing railway passenger traffic.

However, short-term oriented budgetary allocations for renewals are discouraging network managers from adopting superior copper alloys.

"Most annual renewals have a fixed budget based on immediate goals with such capital allocations failing to take into account technological upgrades and their advantages such as increased reliability and performance," explains Chandrasekaran. "Hence, network managers often stick to ETP Cu despite being aware about superior copper alloys and their benefits."

Catenary suppliers must make a strong business case, highlighting the savings that can be accrued in terms of longer life cycle, despite a moderate increase in cost. Network managers could benefit by switching to superior alloys and thereby, encourage greater adoption. Manufacturers must also try to narrow the price gap between inferior and superior alloys to motivate network managers to upgrade.

European Rail Catenary Systems - Executive Analysis of Copper Requirement for Electrification across Strategic European Markets is part of the Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Services programme, which also includes research on the following markets: Strategic Analysis of Key Growth Trends in the European Transportation Market, Strategic Analysis of the European Light Rail and Underground Market - Market Overview and Strategic Analysis of the European Rail Intelligent Transportation Systems Markets. All research included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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