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The Railcar manufacturing industry has chugged along in the past five years,but recent sharp declines are anticipated to overshadow strong early growth. The plummeting price of various commodities has reduced demand, and the increased use of pipelines and higher reliance on natural gas has compounded these negative effects. Over the five years to 2022, the industry is expected to recover from recent poor performance with increasing industrial production and increased prices for key commodities leading to strong demand for rail transportation. As freight volumes increase, railroad companies will demand higher quantities of railcars to both expand and maintain their fleets...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$4bn
Annual Growth 12-17
-3.1%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
8,943
Businesses
29

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry is expected to have experienced a sharp down-cycle, which is anticipated to result in an overall revenue decline
  • Industry revenue volatility is further increased due to the nature of the supply chain
  • Rising domestic industrial production will continue to boost the industry’s growth
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Railcar Manufacturing industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. Industry valued added (IVA), a measurement of the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is expected to decrease at an annualized rate of 0.1% in the 10 years to 2022, while US GDP is anticipated to increase an annualized 2.1%. Although the industry is lagging behind the economy in terms of growth, the industry operates within well-established markets and tends to grow in line with trade and production level fluctuations. These factors generally indicate that an industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle.The industry has been exposed to recent volatility in commodity prices, which has caused declines in wages as companies pulled back on employment. Add...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Railcar Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Railcar Manufacturing Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Freight transportation services index and Industrial production index in the Railcar Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Freight transportation services index
  • Industrial production index
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Federal funding for transportation
  • Oil and natural gas price index

  • Current Performance
  • Factors driving volatility
  • Structural effects
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industrial production
  • International trade
  • Legislation and sustainability
  • Table: Railcar Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Railcar Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Rail Transportation
  • Public Transportation
  • Rail Maintenance Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ball Bearing Manufacturing
  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Ferrous Metal Foundry Products
  • Metal Pipe & Tube Manufacturing
  • Screw, Nut & Bolt Manufacturing
  • Train, Subway & Transit Car Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Commuter railcars
  • Hopper and Covered Hopper
  • Tank
  • Gondola
  • Flat
  • Boxcar
  • Chart: Railcar Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Class I
  • Leasing companies
  • Exports
  • Shipping companies
  • Non-class I
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Railcar Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Railcar Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Railcar Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Trinity Industries Inc., Greenbrier Companies, FreightCar America, Inc., American Railcar Industries,
  • Table: Trinity Industries Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Greenbrier Companies - financial performance
  • Table: FreightCar America, Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: American Railcar Industries - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Railcar Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Railcar Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Industrial Production Index (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Flatcar
  • A piece of railroad rolling stock that consists of an open, flat deck on four or six wheels or a pair of trucks.
  • Gondola
  • An open-top type of rolling stock that is used for carrying loose bulk materials.
  • Hopper Car
  • A type of railroad freight car used to transport loose bulk commodities such as coal, ore, grain and track ballast.
  • Reefers
  • Refrigerated boxcars designed to carry perishable freight at specific temperatures.
  • Sleepers
  • A type of passenger railcar that provides sleeping arrangements for passengers traveling at night
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