Overview

No train no gain: Damage to the rail network has reduced revenue over the past five years

IBISWorld’s Rail Transport in New Zealand market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite rising freight volumes, the industry lacks the capacity to achieve significant growth
  • The Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 caused significant damage to KiwiRail's network
  • The industry's performance is anticipated to recover over the next five years

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Rail Transport industry has struggled over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 6.7% over the five years through 2017-18, to $403.4 million. New Zealand's total merchandise trade has risen strongly over the period, driving increases in total freight volumes. Rail freight plays an important role in transporting bulk goods across the country, with importers and exporters representing the industry's largest downstream market. These customers are increasingly using rail freight to transport goods to and from New Zealand ports. Despite this, the industry lacks the capacity to account for a larger share of the freight task...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Rail Transport industry has struggled over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 6.7% over the five years through 2017-18, to $403.4 million. Despite strong growth in total merchandise trade, population growth and freight volumes, the industry lacks the capacity to account for a larger share of the freight task. Furthermore, the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake caused significant damage to KiwiRail’s network, leading to a fall in rail freight volumes in the South Island. The industry has increasingly lost market share to road freight providers that can provide non-bulk services nationwide. Revenue is forecast to decline by 5.1% in 2017-18, as KiwiRail continues to repair its rail network and the lack of rail capacity continues to constrain the industry.

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    Additional Insights for the Rail Transport Industry

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

  • Automation - reduces costs, particularly those associated with labour
  • Well developed internal processes
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total merchandise imports and exports and Road freight service price in the Rail Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Rail Transport in New Zealand Industry?

    Operators in the Rail Transport industry provide freight and passenger rail transport. This excludes railway terminal operation, tramway transport and private railroads used internally by companies.

    Industry Products
    Other freight transport
    Import and export freight transport
    Rail passenger transport
    Industry Activities
    Passenger railway transport services
    Bulk rail freight transportation
    Monorail operation
    Non-bulk rail freight transportation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total merchandise imports and exports
  • Road freight service price
  • World price of crude oil
  • Population

  • Current Performance
  • Rail freight
  • Passenger rail
  • Industry structure
  • Profit
  • Competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rail investment
  • Competition
  • Industry profit
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Rail Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Rail Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grain Growing in New Zealand
  • Meat Processing in New Zealand
  • Milk and Cream Processing in New Zealand
  • Coal Mining in New Zealand
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Retailing in New Zealand
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Other freight transport
  • Import and export freight transport
  • Rail passenger transport
  • Chart: Rail Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Freight transport
  • Rail passenger transport

  • Major Markets
  • Importers and exporters of goods
  • Primary producers
  • Other freight customers
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Rail Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Rail Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Rail Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    KiwiRail Holdings LimitedGreater Wellington Regional CouncilAuckland Council
  • Table: KiwiRail Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Greater Wellington Regional Council - financial performance
  • Table: Auckland Council - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Rail Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Rail Transport Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Bulk Freight
  • Bulk goods, such as grain or coal, which are transported in custom vehicles.
  • Commuter Rail
  • A railway that extends from a central location (generally city CBDs) to outer suburban areas.
  • Rolling Stock
  • Locomotives and carriages.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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