Which Country Exports the Most Diesel and Diesel-Electric Locomotives in the World?

Railway Locomotives And Rolling Stock May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global exports of diesel locomotive amounted to 94K tonnes, descending by -28.6% against the previous year figure. Overall, diesel locomotive exports continue to indicate a drastic setback. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014, when it surged by 0.8% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global diesel locomotive exports reached its maximum volume of 285K tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, diesel locomotive exports totaled $1.2B in 2016. In general, diesel locomotive exports continue to indicate a abrupt descent. In that year, global diesel locomotive exports attained its maximum level of $2.6B. From 2009 to 2016, growth of global diesel locomotive exports stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Diesel Locomotive Exporting Countries in the World

1. USA (542.7 million USD)

2. Spain (90.8 million USD)

3. China (84.3 million USD)

4. Germany (71.0 million USD)

5. United Kingdom (24.4 million USD)

6. Ukraine (14.5 million USD)

7. South Africa (12.5 million USD)

8. Kazakhstan (11.5 million USD)

9. Russia (10.3 million USD)

Diesel Locomotive Exports By Country

In 2016, the U.S. (22K tonnes), China (19K tonnes), and the UK (16K tonnes) represented the major exporters of diesel locomotive in the world, comprising 61% of total export. Germany (4.5K tonnes) held the second position in the ranking, followed by Russia (4.4K tonnes). All these countries together occupied near 9% share of total exports. Ukraine (3.3K tonnes), Spain (3K tonnes), Kazakhstan (1.5K tonnes), and South Africa (1.4K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of diesel locomotive exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by South Africa (+23.6% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($543M) remains the largest diesel locomotive supplier in the world, making up 44% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Spain ($91M), with the share of 7% of global exports. It was followed by China, with the share of 7%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual rate of growth in terms of value of diesel locomotive exports in the U.S. decreased by -1.3%. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: Spain (+6.2% per year) and China (-4.2% per year).

Diesel Locomotive Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for diesel locomotive amounted to $13 per kg, dropping by -13.9% against the previous year. Overall, diesel locomotive export price continues to indicate a remarkable expansion. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when export price increased by 57% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, average diesel locomotive export price attained its maximum level of $15 per kg in 2015, falling back in the following year.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was Spain ($30 per kg), while the UK ($1,552 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of diesel locomotive export prices was attained by the UK (+47.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Diesel And Diesel-Electric Locomotives - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025