All on board: Strong railway investment has boosted the industry's revenue performance

The Rail Maintenance industry provides third-party below-rail maintenance services to operators of Australia's freight and passenger rail networks. The requirement to uphold high safety standards for rail system operation, and the protection of rail assets, ensures that demand for rail network maintenance is largely inelastic. Government outsourcing of railway operations and maintenance to the private sector has been a trend that has underpinned the industry's long-term expansion, although the scope for further public sector outsourcing is narrowing. Investment in new railway developments and the extension of existing infrastructure has also driven demand for maintenance and repair more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for the industry is largely inelastic, as the safety standards for rail systems are high
  • Improved demand conditions have boosted industry profit over the past five years
  • Private rail operators are forecast to be a principal source of demand for rail repair services
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Rail Maintenance industry has a low level of capital intensity. This is indicated by the capital depreciation to labour ratio, which shows the relative capital and labour inputs into production. The industry is projected to incur wage costs accounting for 36.9% of industry revenue during 2018-19, while depreciation charges are estimated to account for 3.0% of annual industry revenue. This indicates that the industry currently spends $12.30 on labour for every dollar spent on capital equipment.The industry is highly labour intensive, with skilled employees required to repair and maintain rail infrastructure on site. The industry's service-based nature tends to limit opportunities to improve labour productivity. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Rail Maintenance Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Rail Maintenance are:

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • Economies of scale
  • Having links with suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from rail freight transport and Demand from rail passenger transport in the Rail Maintenance industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Rail Maintenance Industry?

    Industry companies maintain and repair rail lines. The construction of new infrastructure is excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Railway track maintenance
  • Capital works
  • Signalling systems maintenance
  • Tramway maintenance
  • Industry Activities
  • Capital works
  • Railway track maintenance
  • Signalling equipment maintenance
  • Tramway maintenance
  • 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 freight transport
  • Demand from rail passenger transport
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • Domestic price of iron and steel
  • Government consumption expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • New track
  • Competitive advantage
  • Operating profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Private markets
  • Public markets
  • Profit and participation
  • Table: Rail Maintenance Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Iron Ore Mining

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Machinery and Scaffolding Rental
  • Measurement and Other Scientific Equipment Manufacturing
  • Passenger Car Rental and Hiring

  • Products & Services
  • Railway track maintenance
  • Signalling systems maintenance
  • Capital works
  • Tramway maintenance
  • Chart: Rail Maintenance Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • State rail authorities
  • Private rail operators
  • National (ARTC)
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Rail Maintenance Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Rail Maintenance Industry

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

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Rail Maintenance 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 Rail Maintenance Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Above Rail
  • Rolling stock and provision of rail services.
  • Below Rail
  • The fixed infrastructure used by rail. This includes tracks, sleepers and sidings.
  • Bulk Freight
  • Homogeneous bulk goods such as grain or mineral output, which are transported in custom vehicles.
  • Dry Hire
  • The hire or lease of plant and machinery without an operator. Dry hire can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
  • Non-Bulk Freight
  • General merchandise freight that is carried in standardised containers for transport, such as shipping containers, general freight wagons or on pallets.
  • Rolling Stock
  • Locomotives and carriages.
  • Wet Hire
  • The hire or lease of plant and machinery with a suitably qualified operator working under the direction of the prime contractor. Wet hire can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
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    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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