May 31, 2018

Strong growth forecast for Africa-ME rail market

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The Doha Red Line is one of several metro projects underway in the Middle East. The Doha Red Line is one of several metro projects underway in the Middle East.

ACCORDING to a report by SCI Verkehr, the market for railway products and services in Africa and the Middle East is forging ahead, with an average annual growth rate of 4% predicted between now and 2022.


SCI says the passenger market has recently become a significant factor with metro and light rail networks in the region expected to almost quadruple in size by 2022. As a result, sales of metro trains and LRVs are forecast to grow by an average 9% per annum. Even stronger growth of more than 11% annually is predicted for mainline passenger rolling stock.

The total market volume for Africa and the Middle East is slightly more than €8bn, of which approximately one third is accounted for by the Middle East, where an above-average market growth rate of more than 6.5% per annum is expected.

SCI Africa ME graph

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