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Transportation plays a crucial role in the economic growth of every country. Among all means of transportation, railways are considered to be the most efficient means. Therefore, developments and innovations in the rail transport system as well as in the pieces of machinery associated with it are always welcomed.
Rail doors have evolved to a huge extent in modern times. The old and bulky, hand-operated door panels have been replaced now with pneumatic systems which control the speed of doors opening and closing, facilitated by electrical systems have had helped a lot in advancing modern systems. The old doors are also called Slam doors and are mechanically operated while the platform screen doors are the modified doors that are projected to find a place in various rail carriages in near future.
The market is segmented into various domains and new rail infrastructure projects and the introduction of high-speed rails are propelling factors for the growth of this market in the forecast period.
In this report, we will explore the various characteristics associated with this market.
Some of the important driving factors for this market can be listed as:
Additionally, the demand for global train door systems will fluctuate with the demand for the global rolling stock market and global rail market as the train door system market is completely dependent on the other two. The market is divided into various parts. Based on door type: Slam Doors or Platform Screen Doors. By Operation, the market is divided into Mechanically operated or Electrically operated Door type. Based on application, the market is segmented as Entrance doors and internal doors.
The train doors are also known as platform edge doors, separating the train from the platform and creating appropriate entry areas for passengers to board or leave the train conveniently.
Platform screen doors are newly added to various metro trains around the world. The automatic train door systems are widely put in use in European and Asian metro trains. Also, with rail infrastructure improving worldwide, the electrification of various stations over the globe and the introduction of advanced and high-speed transit systems creates ample opportunities for sales of automatic doors.
The market division on a regional basis is as follows:
North American region including countries like – US and Canada. Latin America primarily including potential countries where rail transit projects are still progressing – Mexico and Brazil. Europe with major countries – Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Poland, and Russia. The Asian region and the Middle East and Africa, primarily the Gulf countries.
The strict policies enforced by the central government on the safety of passengers in potential countries like Europe and North America are expected to further push the market owing to the eventual increase in demand for train and train doors.
Also, the growing use of trains in the Asia-pacific region because of countries like China and India, owing to the huge population will further propel the train doors market. The Asian-pacific region is indicative of more demand in manual door systems and pneumatic door systems.
The European and South American region has a higher demand for electrical door systems. A significant of door system manufacturers are expanding their influence in the Asian Pacific region to grab market opportunities.
COVID-19 has had serious impacts on manufacturers over the globe. In this context, factors like rising rail passenger traffic concerning the current scenario will bring growth opportunities in the marketplace.
The European countries are major hubs for high-speed rail body manufacturers like Siemens. The growth of rolling stocks like light rail vehicles will eventually create demand for door systems in trains. Among all door systems, the demand for electrical door systems is expected to dominate the market in the forecast period.
The demand for rail door systems is rising. This automatically creates market opportunities for startups and OEMs on efficient, advanced, and safe design for rail doors. Manufacturers take into account, choosing the right material for doors is one of the important factors. In 2016, the London Underground railway systems adopted thermoplastic composite sliding train doors. This material allowed for .7 seconds of time-saving for opening and closing doors. This time factor is quite significant when millions of passengers commute from the station.
Uncompromising safety and reliability are people’s choices. Manufacturers like Siemens have developed and are improvising their designs of Automatic Door control systems. The companies in the marketplace have various things to work upon such as- Electric actuation and control systems, Interlocking and feedback drive systems, Entrap protection, and many more.
Companies like Norgren have been manufacturing train doors since 1987 and their product has been installed in numerous locomotives over the globe. The company has been working on Curved doors in need of developing synchronized and telescopic door operation. Also, concerning the safety of passengers, because of the gap between train door and platform, the company developed a range of cushioned, telescopic cylinders that could be mounted below the existing door system. By applying pressure, the cylinder system would fill the gap between train and platform.
Such areas are always opportunistic for manufacturers to come up with interesting solutions to existing unimproved rail door system designs.
Some of the major market players in the Global rail door system market are listed below:
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