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US Rail Axle Bearings and Seals Market, Forecast to 2024

US Rail Axle Bearings and Seals Market, Forecast to 2024

Bearings are crucial for smooth operations of railway vehicles and for the safety of commodities and people being transported. Lowering noise levels and vibrations, high load carrying capacities, and long life are the expectations of bearings in rail. Rail axle bearings are mounted to the wheel axle journal and are a link between the wheel and frame of the bogie. Bearing seals prevent contaminants such as dust, water, and other particles from affecting the performance of bearings and provide grease retention within the bearing area. There is a constant demand for bearings and any technological advancement would modify the existing bearing technology but would not replace them. Mobility requires bearings to reduce friction and enable a streamlined flow of operations. Navigating into the US bearings market, industrialists would find that there are numerous opportunities in the coming years with the expansion of passenger rail and continuous growth of freight volumes, which would result in the increase in the intermodal share for freight rail. It is quite evident that freight traffic is growing and will continue to grow, which means that there are improvements in store for existing fleet of freight carriers, including rail. Growing need for reduced emissions and avoiding traffic congestion are driving people to rethink their travel modes. Improvements in passenger rail infrastructure and long-distance connectivity is not far away. There are hundreds of miles of new rail networks in the books and a lot of additional rolling stock planned as well. Improving freight rail infrastructure is vital in bringing about faster and efficient means of transportation for essential goods and industrial products. Building a sustainable, environment-friendly mode of transport for freight would help reduce emissions and congestion from the use of road trucks that are the top contenders in freight transport. There would be a shift in the freight movement from trucks to rail and in the next two decades. Rail ton mileage would exceed that of trucks by 20%, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

With increasing opportunities in freight rail, improvements in passenger rail, and expansion of rail networks being planned, the rail bearings market should thrive as well.

Research Scope
This research service covers all types of US rail based on application and provides the number of new deliveries and number of vehicles for periodic overhaul, which gives a close account of the number of bearings required for each segment for the forecast period. Comparative studies on the position of competition in the US bearings market, opportunities for OEM and aftermarket segments, and guidelines to participate in the region are also in the scope for the time period 2017–2024.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Overview-Railway Axle Bearings and Seals
    • Key Findings and Future Outlook
    • Rail Axle Bearings-Market Engineering Measurements
    • Rail Axle Bearing Seals-Market Engineering Measurements
    • Total Market Unit Shipment Snapshot
    • Comparative Analysis by Region and Segment
  • Research Scope, Aim, Objectives, Background, and Methodology
    • Research Aim and Objectives
    • Research Scope
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Research Background
    • Research Methodology
    • Key OEMs or Participant Groups Compared in this Study
  • Definitions and Segmentation
    • Rail Rolling Stock Market Segmentation
    • Definitions of Rail Services
    • Definitions of Terms
  • Introduction to Axle Bearings in Rail Applications
    • Types of Bearings Used in Rail Axles
    • Factors Determining Choice of Bearings for Rail Axles
    • US Rail Axle Bearing Industry Trends
    • Sealed Taper Bearing Unit (TBU)/Cartridge Tapered Roller Bearing (CTRB)
    • Types of Axle Bearings in Rail Vehicles
    • Rail Axle Bearing Classification
    • Product Overview of Rail Axle Bearings
    • Rail Axle Bearing Reconditioning
  • Introduction to Bearing Seals in Rail Axle Applications
    • Functions of Seals in Railway Axle Boxes
    • Types of Seals for Rail Axle Bearing Applications
    • Factors Considered While Selecting Rail Axle Bearing Seals
    • Rail Axle Bearing Seals-Materials and Properties
    • List of AAR Approved Axle Bearing Seals
  • Rail Market Overview
    • Overview of Freight Rail Traffic
    • Overview of Passenger Rail Traffic
    • Climatic Conditions Across the US
    • Overview of Passenger Rail Market
    • US Rail Axle Bearings Market Share
    • Freight Rail Rolling Stock and Bearings Used by Axle Loads
    • Passenger Rail Rolling Stock and Bearings Used by Axle Loads
  • Mega Trends and Industry Convergence Implications
    • US Rail Axle Bearing Industry Mega Trends and Their Implications
  • Drivers and Restraints-Rail Axle Bearings and Seals Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • US Rail Axle Bearings Forecast
    • Overview of Involved Research Processes and Effort
    • Explanation of Forecast Methodology
    • Scenario Assumptions-Rail Axle Bearings and Seals Forecast
    • Rail Axle Bearings-Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total Rail Axle Bearings Market: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Rail Axle Bearing Seals-Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total Rail Axle Bearing Seals Market: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • OEM Freight Rail Axle Bearing Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Forecast of New Freight Rail Axle Bearing Deliveries, US, 2015-2024
    • OEM Freight Rail Axle Bearings Forecast Discussion
    • Aftermarket Freight Rail Axle Bearings Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Forecast of Axle Bearings in Freight Wagons Overhauled, US, 2015-2024
    • Aftermarket Freight Rail Axle Bearing Forecast Discussion
    • OEM Locomotive Rail Axle Bearings Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Forecast of Axle Bearings in New Locomotive Deliveries, US, 2015-2024
    • OEM Locomotive Rail Axle Bearings Forecast Discussion
    • Aftermarket Locomotive Rail Axle Bearings Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Forecast of Locomotive Axle Bearings Overhauled, US, 2015-2024
    • Aftermarket Locomotive Rail Axle Bearings Forecast Discussion
      • Table Rail Market: Number of Locomotives for Overhaul by Type of Rail Vehicle, US, 2015-2024
    • OEM Passenger Rail Axle Bearings Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Forecast of Axle Bearings in New Passenger Vehicle Deliveries, US, 2015-2024
    • OEM Passenger Rail Axle Bearings Forecast Discussion
    • Aftermarket-Passenger Rail Axle Bearings Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Forecast of Passenger Rail Axle Bearings Overhauled, US, 2015-2024
    • Aftermarket Passenger Rail Axle Bearings Forecast Discussion
      • Table Rail Market: Number of Vehicles in Commuter, Amtrak, High Speed Rail, Metro and Other Transit Rail Overhaul, US, 2015-2024
    • Rail Axle Bearings Revenue Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Rail Axle Bearings Revenue Forecast, US, 2015-2024
    • Rail Axle Bearings Revenue Forecast Discussion
      • Table Rail Axle Bearings Market: Pricing and Market Size OEM Versus Aftermarket, US, 2017 and 2021
    • Rail Axle Bearing Seals Revenue Forecast
      • Table Rail Axle Bearing Seals Market: Revenue Forecast, US, 2015-2024
    • Rail Bearing Seals Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Rail Axle Bearings-Competitive Environment
    • Rail Axle Bearing Seals-Competitive Environment
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunities Through Business Models and Investment/M&A
    • Growth Opportunities Based on Current Offerings and Geographic Expansion
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • Conclusions and Future Outlook
    • Key Conclusions and Future Outlook
    • The Last Word-Three Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Acronyms and Units Used in this Study

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