Locomotive Market Driven by Demand

  • Traction motor is projected to dominate the locomotive market for power conversion systems.
  • There has been an increase in the demand for transmission based modules.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is the largest and fastest-growing market.

Locomotive Power Conversion System Market is primarily driven by the growing demand for energy efficient locomotives and increasing urbanization around the globe. The locomotive market for power conversion systems is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.92%, to reach a market size of $4.27 billion by 2021.

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Key Players of Locomotive Market:

  • Hitachi Ltd (Japan)
  • Siemens AG (Germany)
  • CSR Corporation (China)
  • Bombardier Transportation (Canada)
  • Alstom S.A (France)
  • AEG Power solutions (Germany)

Traction Motor is the largest segment in power conversion components in locomotive

Traction motor is projected to dominate the locomotive market for power conversion systems during the forecast period, in terms of value. The high demand for traction motors can be attributed to the benefits offered by this component, as it helps in improving the efficiency by reducing losses, which can be categorized into iron losses, copper losses, mechanical losses, and harmonic losses. Thus, advancements in traction motor technology are helping manufacturers overcome challenges related to weight and energy efficiency, and thus leading to increase in the demand for the same.

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IGBT module market is anticipated to lead the market by technology

With the advancement in technology from GTO thyristor module to IGBT module, there is significant reduction in energy consumption that leads to reduction in life-cycle costs of the locomotive. Additionally, the pressure of locomotive operators to maintain and enhance the railways’ image as the most environmentally friendly mode of transport has forced them to develop technologies such as IGBT module and SiC inverter. Thus, with an increase in need for energy efficient solutions, weight reduction and power loss reduction while changing the state of current from Ac to DC there has been an increase in the demand for transmission based modules.

Asia-Pacific: The largest and fastest-growing market for rolling stock power conversion system

The Asia-Pacific region includes key countries such as China, Japan, and India. The locomotive market for power conversion system in the region is expected to grow at a promising CAGR, owing to the increasing number of rail infrastructural projects and growing urbanization. According to Ministry of Railways (India), the ministry has planned to spend approximately $142 billion in the next five years on expansion and modernization. Robust economic growth, coupled with the growing urban population leads to increase in demand for power and conversion systems during the forecast period.

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Aaron Smith

I work at Markets And Markets as a Sr. Research Analyst. MarketsandMarkets is the world’s No. 2 firm in terms of annually published premium market research reports. Serving 1700 global fortune enterprises with more than 1200 premium studies in a year, M&M is catering to a multitude of clients across 8 different industrial verticals. We specialize in consulting assignments and business research across high growth markets, cutting edge technologies and newer applications. Our 850 fulltime analyst and SMEs at MarketsandMarkets are tracking global high growth markets following the "Growth Engagement Model – GEM". The GEM aims at proactive collaboration with the clients to identify new opportunities, identify most important customers, write "Attack, avoid and defend" strategies, identify sources of incremental revenues for both the company and its competitors.


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