During 2010, many nations will increase their roll out of high-speed rail (HSR) initiatives to make them a more integral part of their overall transportation infrastructure and improve their transportation infrastructure for commuters and freight. Several countries in Europe that lack an HSR system have expressed their commitment to begin construction by the end of the year. Many Asian nations, too, have already begun HSR development projects that will be completed by 2015 or 2020. China and Japan, for instance, are rolling out thousands of miles of new routes that will expand their established HSR network and create new HSR capacity through the next decade. Manufacturers of a multitude of HSR components required to construct this complex transportation system stand waiting in the wings to capitalize on the potential need for their supply of goods and services.
Nations with little or no HSR infrastructure, such as the United States, are closely weighing the benefits of HSR adoption and the initial and long-term financial commitments. Much of the debate is centered around the types of HSR infrastructure to implement. Traditionalists of HSR manufacturing advocate a wheels-on-rail system while futurists prefer the more costly magnetic levitation (maglev) system.
This SBI Energy report analyzes the market opportunities that global HSR manufacturers are eager to embrace through the next decade. We examine the critical trends driving HSR growth by region and forecast the value of this growth by each of the manufactured HSR components. Finally, we look at the socioeconomic and consumer-based trends affecting the HSR industry, such as the development of next-generation HSR products, safety issues, and long-term effects of HSR on a transportation economy.