On track: Major construction projects should boost industry revenue in the current year

The Railway Track Construction industry has had mixed results since the late 2000s. The industry grew strongly on the back of resource developments, before plummeting due to the winding back of private and public rail investment. The industry builds three kinds of rail networks, which transport passengers, intermodal freight and mining output. Construction of intermodal freight and passenger networks relies on government funding, and expansion plans are developed by government authorities to meet long-term objectives. Governments are heavily involved in downstream industries as both owners and operators of track, although the industry is currently shifting towards private equity involvement to fund and operate public rail projects...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$7bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-4.0%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
12,916
Businesses
883

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Major railway construction projects in Melbourne and Sydney have boosted the industry's performance
  • Profit margins have declined due to a falling Australian dollar and higher input prices
  • Work on mining railway networks is expected to stagnate over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entry are high in the industry. Potential new entrants are likely to be deterred by the prominent position held by the existing large-scale players. These firms generally have established technical capacities, access to a pool of skilled labour, the ability to contest all scale of contracts in multiple locations and a proven track record. The large-scale players, such as CIMIC, John Holland, Downer EDI and UGL, have a good understanding of dealing with public authorities, which is essential as the tendering process focuses on public sector contracts.Establishing new operations requires access to capital equipment and skilled labour. Much of this equipment may be leased on demand or obtained through wet hire arrangements with subcontractors. Exp...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Railway Track Construction Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Railway Track Construction Industry are

  • Ability to change markets
  • Having a network of suppliers
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from rail passenger transport and Capital expenditure by the public sector in the Railway Track Construction industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Railway Track Construction Industry?

    Industry businesses construct railway tracks, with contractors specifically engaging in new work, reconstruction and repairs. The industry includes construction management firms and special trade contractors that construct railway tracks and transit systems.

    Industry Products
  • Tracklaying and construction
  • Overhead line construction
  • Platform construction
  • Tunnelling
  • Industry Activities
  • Tracklaying and construction
  • Overhead powerline and signal construction
  • Platform construction
  • Tramway construction
  • Tunnelling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from rail passenger transport
  • Capital expenditure by the public sector
  • Demand from rail freight transport
  • Total mass of exports by sea
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Domestic price of iron and steel

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability tightens
  • Mining investment
  • Government spending
  • Rail regulation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit and jobs growth
  • Project pipeline
  • Table: Railway Track Construction Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Railway Track Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Rail Freight Transport
  • Rail Passenger Transport

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction Machinery and Operator Hire
  • Gravel and Sand Quarrying
  • Machinery and Scaffolding Rental
  • Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • Structural Steel Fabricating

  • Products & Services
  • Tracklaying and construction
  • Tunnelling
  • Platform construction
  • Overhead line construction
  • Chart: Railway Track Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Private sector
  • State and territory governments
  • Federal Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Railway Track Construction Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Subcontracted labour
  • Wages
  • Equipment hire and lease
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Railway Track Construction

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Railway Track Construction Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    CIMIC Group Limited, CCCI Australia Pty Ltd,
  • Table: CIMIC Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: CCCI Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Railway Track Construction 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 Railway Track Construction 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
    Non-Bulk Freight
  • Goods transported unpacked in large quantities, predominately mineral and agricultural products.
  • Bulk Freight
  • Goods transported unpacked in large quantities, predominately mineral and agricultural products.
  • Dry Hire
  • The hire of plant and equipment without an operator.
  • Intermodal Transport
  • The transport of goods in standard containers between rail, water and road freight service providers.
  • Wet Hire
  • The hire of plant and equipment with a qualified operator.
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