According to the market research report Locomotive Market by Power Conversion Components (Rectifier, Inverter, Alternator, APU & Traction Motor), Technology (IGBT, GTO & SiC), Rolling Stock Type (Diesel & Electric Locomotive, DMU & EMU), and Region - Global Trends and Forecast to 2021. The 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 USD 4.27 billion by 2021.
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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.
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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.
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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 USD 142 Billion in the next five years on expansion and modernization.
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Locomotive Market Key Players
The locomotive market for power conversion systems is dominated by a few global players such as Hitachi Ltd. (Japan), CRRC Corporation Limited (China), Bombardier Inc. (Canada), Alstom S.A. (France) and ABB (Switzerland). For instance, Hitachi Ltd. has strong product offering and they have invested heavily in R&D to retain their market position.