Railways Sector

An Expert's View about Railways in Austria

Posted on: 29 Aug 2012

Two major train manufacturers, the world’s largest track laying train company, two major TENS projects, extensive station investment program and a liberalising rail market = Austria.

Railways Sector in Austria Two major train manufacturers, the world’s largest track laying train company, two major TENS projects, extensive station investment program and a liberalising rail market = Austria. Market overview Austria has one of the highest “freight by rail usages” in Europe with 13.1 tonnes per person. The population of 8 million also carries out 215 million passenger rail journeys per annum. This is the result of Euro 24.5 billion being invested in the rail running stock and infrastructure. The Austrian Railways (OeBB) are investing Euro 11.5 billion (2011-16) in rail infrastructure – including the Brenner Tunnel and the new Vienna Central Railway station (Euro 900 m). The Brenner a TENS project, will link Italy and Germany with a high speed facility and will take 320 trains per day, 80 of which will be passenger trains. The southern corridor TENS link to Italy from Vienna is also being upgraded, to increase passenger and freight frequency. Apart from the Central Rail Station a further 8 major railway stations are being redeveloped, with freight interchanges. OeBB are major rail manufacturers, under license from Siemens. Siemens and Bombardier both have train set manufacturing plants in Austria and Siemens also have Europe’s largest bogie plant. Plasser & Theurer produce track laying trains and have two thirds of the world market. There are a number of Tier 2 component suppliers in Austria including Liebherr, IFE and Knorr as well as key infrastructure developers and designers. Key opportunities ξ Involvement in and supply to the Brenner Tunnel. ξ Management of the Brenner post completion. ξ Supply to rail manufacturers such as Siemens or Bombardier. ξ Provision of spares and or refitting parts to the OeBB. ξ Provision of goods and services to OeBB. Latest export opportunities in The Mass Transport sector Latest export opportunities in Austria Getting into the market Austrian companies require reliable partners and look to build long term relationships – they require products and services of the right quality and delivered on time. UKTI can assist in obtaining the right direct contact with customers or potential partners. It is often better to find a local agent/distributor who can maintain the required contact with the company. More about doing business in Austria Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. Miles Fisher, British Embassy Vienna. Tel: +43 (0)1 71613 6243 or email: miles.fisher@fco.gov.uk. Verena Wasenegger, British Embassy Vienna. Tel: +43 (0)1 71613 6253 or email: verena.wasenegger@fco.gov.uk Contact your local international trade team UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events in Mass Transport sector Major Events Austrian companies tend to visit the major trade fairs in Germany and Switzerland. Key distributors will also visit the UK. Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 29 August 2012