Published: Jan, 2019

Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled “Monorail System Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018–2026.” According to the report, in terms of revenue, the global monorail system market is predicted to expand at a CAGR of about 22% during the forecast period.

Trains are cost-effective and considerably less polluting mode of transportation and hence, governing bodies are preferring to expand train connectivity in order to enhance train transportation. Internal combustion engine vehicles are a major source of pollution. Therefore, governing bodies are focused on increasing the adoption of other modes of transportation that are less polluting, such as trains. Monorails are a significantly less polluting and faster mode of transportation. Monorails require significantly lesser space than that of conventional trains, and hence, these are more suitable for urban areas where lack of space is a concern. Rapid urbanization occurring due to enhanced job opportunities, increase in number of on-road vehicles due to rise in per capita income, and enlarging urban areas are fueling the demand for faster, safer, and economical modes of transportation, which in turn is fueling the demand for monorail systems. Moreover, the construction of monorail systems is much easier and requires significantly lower expenditure. Consequently, governing bodies, especially across developing nations, are preferring to incorporate the monorail system in densely populated urban areas.

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In terms of type, the monorails systems market has been bifurcated into straddle monorail and suspended monorail. Suspended monorails were popular Germany and were installed in zoos, theme parks, and exhibitions. Suspended monorails are suitable for light applications, as their passenger carrying capacity is much lower than that of straddle type monorails. The cost of construction of suspended type monorail is higher than that of straddle type monorail system. Therefore, straddle type monorail systems are preferred for mass and high frequency transportation, such as urban transportation. Major number of proposed and under-construction monorail system projects are incorporating the straddle type monorail system. Consequently, the straddle monorail segment is likely to expand at a CAGR of about 23% during the forecast period.

Maglev trains are capable of achieving cruising speed of more than 500 Km per hour, which makes these trains suitable for long-distance travel. Maglev monorails utilize magnetic levitation to propel the vehicle. These monorails utilize two sets of magnets, one to lift the train and the other to propel the vehicle forward. Maglev trains are considerably fast; however, the cost and time required for construction of maglev monorail system is significantly higher than that of electric monorail system. Electric monorail systems are suitable for transporting passengers for shorter distances. The electric monorail system can have numerous stations across its track, which makes is highly suitable for urban areas. Therefore, the electric monorail system segment dominates the global monorail system market.

Incorporation of automation into trains can save up to 15% of the energy required and can have a significant positive impact on required travel time. Automated trains are proven to have reduced number of crashes and accidents and hence, preference for automated trains has been increasing over the last few years. Completely autonomous vehicles, which are considered as GoA3 and GoA4 trains, don’t have a driver and are more expensive than semi-autonomous trains. GoA1 and GoA2 trains are semi-autonomous trains that have automated train operation and automated train protection technology. In GoA2 trains, cruising and train stopping are automated, which enhances train safety and speed. Moreover, semi-autonomous trains are less expensive than completely autonomous vehicles. Therefore, governing bodies are preferring semi-autonomous vehicles. Developing countries and low GDP countries are adopting semi-automated monorail systems, which is primarily attributed to its lower cost. Major number of prosed monorail system projects have incorporated the GoA2 type of monorails, and hence GoA2 and semi-autonomous segments are expected to expand at a significant pace during the forecast period.

Demand for monorail systems is rising in China, India, and ASEAN countries, which is primarily attributed to the rapid urbanization in these countries. Enlarging urban area, increased migration of people from villages to urban areas due to better income opportunities, and increase in number of daily commuters are increasing the burden over mass transit systems in densely populated areas across these nations. India and ASEAN countries have a bunch of proposed monorail system projects, and hence, Asia Pacific region is estimated to hold a major share of the global monorail system market during the forecast period. Several countries across Latin America and Middle East & Africa are primarily focused on enhancing train connectivity across urban areas, which is likely to offer lucrative opportunities to the monorail system market in these regions.

Key players operating in the global monorail system market are CRRC Corporation Limited, Bombardier Corporation, Hitachi Rail, BYD Company ltd, Ansaldo STS, Alstom S.A., SIEMENS AG, Thales Group, Mitsubishi Electric, General Electric, and ABB. BYD Company ltd. is a subsidiary of a leading electric vehicle manufacturer BYD Auto, which is focused on the development of advanced low and zero-emission modes of transportation.

The global monorail system market has been segmented as follows:

Global Monorail System Market, by Type

  • Straddle Monorail
  • Suspended Monorail

Global Monorail System Market, by Propulsion Type

  • Electric Monorail
  • Maglev Monorail

Global Monorail System Market, by Autonomy

  • Manual
  • Semi-autonomous
  • Completely Autonomous

Global Monorail System Market, by Grade of Automation

  • GoA0
  • GoA1
  • GoA2
  • GoA3
  • GoA4

Global Monorail System Market, by Region/ by Country/ Sub-region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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