April 20, 2024
Locomotive leasing Market

Propelled By Increasing Freight Transport Activities The Global Locomotive Leasing Market To Witness Significant Growth

Locomotive leasing refers to renting of locomotive engines by rail operators and freight companies for a fixed period. Leased locomotives provide flexibility to companies and help address fluctuating demand without large capital investments. The global Locomotive leasing Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 10.07 Bn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 8.0% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Market key trends:

Increasing freight transport activities across industries such as mining, oil and gas, manufacturing etc are propelling the demand for rental locomotives. Rising international and domestic trade has augmented the volumes of goods being transported via rail network. This has significantly increased the utilization of rail freight, thereby driving the need for additional temporary locomotives among freight operators. Furthermore, many companies prefer leasing over purchase due to advantages such as lower upfront costs, timely access to latest technology, and flexibility to scale up or down as per business needs. The locomotive leasing market is expected to gain considerable demand during the forecast period supported by growth in world trade and industrial production.

SWOT Analysis

Strength: Locomotive leasing provides flexibility for railway companies as it removes upfront capital investment requirements and reduces operational costs. It allows companies to focus on core activities rather than owning locomotives.
Weakness: Reliance on third-party lessors can reduce control over locomotives and maintenance schedules. Financial obligations continue over the lease term.
Opportunity: Growth in international and domestic rail freight provides opportunities for lessors to partner with logistics companies. Expanding passenger rail networks also create demand for leased locomotives.
Threats: Economic downturns may force railway operators to cancel leases and return locomotives. Strict emissions norms pose transition challenges for older leased fleets.

Key Takeaways

The global Locomotive Leasing Market Growth is expected to witness high growth. North America dominates the market currently due to large freight rail networks and fleet replacement cycles. However, Asia Pacific is expected to see fastest growth with China, India, and ASEAN countries heavily investing in rail infrastructure.

Key players operating in the locomotive leasing market are GATX Corporation, Progress Rail (A Caterpillar Company), TrinityRail, Mitsui Rail Capital LLC, Angel Trains, Beacon Rail Leasing, Railpool, Eversholt Rail Group, Macquarie Group, SMBC Rail Services, VTG Rail Leasing, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Touax Rail Ltd., CIT Group Inc., The Andersons Rail Group. These companies operate large fleets across major global markets and partner with railway operators for long-term contracts.

Growth opportunities lie in developing regions investing in rail. Locomotive lessors are assisting with transition to cleaner fuel types through mid-life repowering programs. Long-term outlook is positive as transport demand rises with ongoing industrialization and urbanization globally

1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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