Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Rail Freight Transport industry has grown strongly over the past five years, driven by increased downstream demand from mining as exports of coal and iron ore have risen. Industry profitability is strongest when heavy commodities are carried over long distances, as this leverages the economies of scale and fuel efficiency of rail transport. Over the past five years, the bulk freight segment has strengthened, as the mining sector shifted from a boom in prices to a boom in output. Industry revenue is therefore forecast to rise at a compound annual rate of 4.4% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $8.2 billion. A substantial fall in the world price of iron ore in 2014-15 is projected to slow industry growth to 2.9% in 2015-16... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter
The industry has a high level of concentration, with the top four projected to account for over 80% of industry revenue in 2015-16. Demand for bulk haulage of minerals, a market in which the two largest players are particularly active, has increased significantly over the past five years. By contrast, activity in intermodal freight markets has been subdued.
Industry concentration is expected to increase in the next five years as Aurizon Holdings Limited expands its operations, especially in New South Wales, to compete nationally. High cost barriers to entry ensure there are minimal new entrants to compete with the major players... purchase to read more