Publication Month: Jul 2020 | Report Code: TIPRE00012316 | No. of Pages: 169 | Category: Chemicals and Materials | Status: Published
In 2018, Asia Pacific has dominated the global rail greases market with highest market share and is estimated to be the fastest growing region during the forecast period. The growth of the rail greases market in this region is primarily due to booming economy, rapid urbanization, and growing investment by the government of emerging countries in the development of railway infrastructure. The countries across the region are experimenting with state-of-the-art transport technologies to make urban rail systems more efficient, reliable, and passenger friendly. The Asia Pacific metro systems are progressively moving from semi-automatic to driverless/unmanned train operations. Most of the upcoming systems are introducing the deployment of cutting-edge technological solutions for the comfort and safety of commuters. Hence, the rail greases market is expected to experience rapid growth in the region. Furthermore, numerous government initiatives for digitization in the region’s conventional railway networks will also drive the growth of the rail greases market during the forecast period.
The COVID-19 pandemic originated in Wuhan (China) in December 2019, and since then, it has spread across the globe at a fast pace. The US, Russia, India, Italy, China, Spain, France and Germany are among the worst-affected countries in terms confirmed cases and reported deaths as of July 2020. The pandemic has affected economies and industries due to enforced lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns. After the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, demand for rail greases has hampered across various regions due supply chain breaks, disruptions in manufacturing due to lockdown and office shutdowns as a result of this outbreak. The lockdown of various plants and factories in leading regions such as Asia Pacific and North America is affecting the manufacturing, delivery schedules, and sales of rail greases thus impacting the global rail grease market negatively.
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Railway vehicle elements such as axles & wheels, bearings & chains, brake elements, interior components, and pantographs need frequent maintenance and lubrication for smooth running and high performance. Applying greases on wheels offer various benefits such as it reduces labor costs, extends repair intervals, and reduces lubricant consumption. Using greases for railway vehicle elements offers various operation benefits such as increases equipment reliability, reduces unplanned downtime, reduces energy and fuel consumption, and improves equipment profitability. Moreover, greases can help in saving energy and reducing noise. The axle box bearing of a vehicle-track system is an important component of a railway and train bogie, which bears a variety of complicated stochastic loads between the track and bogie. The reliability and service life of axle box bearings can influence railway safety. Grease plays a major part in the lubrication of railway axle box bearings as lubrication failures of axle box bearings can lead to accidents, such as hot axle cutting and bearing burnout. Additionally, greases are also used in other railway components such as track components, brakes, and interior components. Greases used in the railway track components are designed to minimize friction, reduce temperature, and prevent wear between wheel flange and rails. Greases are also used in screws and bolts used in the installation of railway track elements to protect them from rusting. Thus, the rail greases are mostly required for the maintenance activities and for smooth running and high performance of different parts such as railway vehicle components and railway track components. This fact has driven the market for rail greases during the forecast.
Based on product type, the rail greases market is bifurcated into lithium grease, calcium grease, and other grease. In 2018, the lithium grease segment dominated the global rail greases and is expected to grow at fastest growth rate during the forecast period. Lithium grease is multi-purpose type grease with a buttery texture and dropping point above 350°F. Moreover, it can also be used with occasional temperatures up to 300°F. Lithium grease has excellent resistance to water and breakdown or softening. Lithium-based greases are the most commonly used in railway applications due to its higher melting point compared to others. Lithium greases are used in various parts in railways and trains such as curved tooth coupling, cardan shaft, axle boxes, and brake system due to their high pumpability. Regular maintenance activities of different parts used in railway transportation is expected to drive the demand for lithium grease during the forecast period.
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Based on application, the rail greases market is segmented into railway vehicle elements, railway track elements, switches and fish plates, curve rails, and screw and bolts. The railway vehicle elements segment dominated the global rail greases market; whereas, the curve rails segment is expected to grow at a fastest growth rate during the forecast period. Lubricators are used extensively on curved track to control excessive wear of wheels and rails. Grease and oils are typically applied to the gauge face of the outside (high) rail of curves, and in addition to reducing wheel and rail wear, it has been shown to reduce rail end batter and the rate of corrugation growth. Recent research has demonstrated that effective lubrication has the added benefit of reducing energy and fuel consumption, which is causing many railway engineers to pay increased attention to lubricating practices. This further boosts the demand for rail greases globally. Additionally, in curved sections, the high rail (outside curve) wheel runs on the gauge face. This results in semi continuous friction that significantly causes wear to gauge face and the wheel flange. The strong contact friction forces between wheel and rail contact surfaces cause noise emission in the track curve. Therefore, greases are used to reduce friction. Specifically, in city center areas where tight track curves are prevalent, lubrication systems offer the solution to reduce the notorious curve squealing. Greases are used to reduce wear and curve noise on gauge face and top-of-rail. Therefore, in order to improve the economic life of rails, the lubrication of the curve rails has been considered to be an easy and economical solution.
Based on distribution channel, the rail greases market is segmented into offline and online. The offline segment dominated the global rail greases market; whereas, the online segment is expected to grow at a faster growth rate during the forecast period. The increasing adoption of digital channels across the globe has brought about an increased emphasis on online distributions channels. Internet usage and smartphone ownership rates are growing across the world, and consumers are becoming more inclined to do everything from conducting research to make their final purchase decision online. Several benefits, such as convenience, fast delivery, and secure payment options, have attracted B2B buyers to purchase online. Thus, the companies operating in the rail grease market have optimized their distribution strategy over the past few years to keep pace with the competition and continue to grow their business. The companies are adopting online distribution channels to target and reach a large number of customers in the market, along with their traditional offline distribution channels. Additionally, online distribution channels help companies to reach the target consumers without adding additional costs and expenses. Thus, the manufacturers of lubricants and grease are leveraging e-commerce industry to earn revenue by opening online stores and making sales through these channels.
|Market Size Value in||US$ 341.37 Million in 2018|
|Market Size Value by||US$ 420.27 Million by 2027|
|Growth rate||CAGR of 2.4% from 2019-2027|
|No. of Pages||169|
|No. of Tables||83|
|No. of Charts & Figures||81|
|Historical data available||Yes|
|Segments covered||Product Type , Application ; Distribution Channel , and Geography|
|Regional scope||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America|
|Country scope||US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina|
|Report coverage||Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends|
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Royal Dutch Shell Plc (Shell), Exxon Mobil Corporation, Total SA., BP Australia Pty Limited, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), SKF Group, FUCHS, Chevron Corporation, Klüber Lubrication and Sinopec Corp. are among the key players operating in global rail greases market. Companies in this market have been continuously focusing on strategies such as product developments, plant expansions, and mergers and acquisitions to expand their footprint worldwide and fulfill the growing demand of the market.
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