The international market experiencing sustained demand for Russian railway tracks
Rail transportation remains key in global logistics. Even though the total length of classic railways is at a practical standstill, their use continues to grow, kommersant.ru reports. The publication notes that Russian manufactured railway tracks enjoy sustained demand in foreign markets.
EVRAZ, the largest manufacturer of railway tracks outside of China, is expanding its sales and production. Given the shared history of railway development and the sizeable number of shared technologies, many exports from EVRAZ Consolidated West-Siberian Metallurgical Plant and EVRAZ Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Plant go to the CIS. However, sales further afield are also experiencing growth. Last year, Russia exported 120,000 tons of railway tracks.
The company’s railway tracks successfully compete in the global market thanks to the good quality of the product and the company’s shrewd customer relations management in every country. EVRAZ sells railway tracks to about 20 countries outside the former USSR. They go to Africa — including Egypt and Algeria — Brazil, India, the EU, and Southeast Asia.
There are some 1.6 million kilometers of railways in the world today. That includes 68,000 kilometers of high-speed rail, 32,000 kilometers of metro systems, and 21,000 kilometers of light rapid transit systems. According to the International Energy Agency, between 2000 and 2016, the use of railways increased by 75% for passenger transport and by 45% for cargo transport. It was previously reported that United Wagon Company is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of railroad cars.
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