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MARKET DEMAND
SPECTRUM developed rail logistics services and technology to capture market share from mono-modal road-based logistics operations. It specifically targets the market of low-density high value goods. These goods are both finished and semi-finished products, such as consumer goods transported by intermodal loading unit. Part of this market can be described as refrigerated goods, including foodstuffs, as well as other products, such as pharmaceuticals.
Accordingly, temperature controlled goods have been a key focus for the project.These product types are more in keeping with the goods produced and consumed in Europe, where changing production patterns have seen much of the manufacturing industry move east towards China and other developing countries.
The project adopted a demand led approach; it did not assume “generally accepted” beliefs about logistics demand, but began with rigorous market research based on state of the art demand modelling, using the EU developed TRANSTOOLS, and also individual case studies in potential market niches, such as air freight cargo, FMCG, and horticultural produce.
There is a potential LDHV good market of 1.9 billion tonnes (12% of the freight flows) that could be transported
by rail.Where road freight flows are studied at a distance of over 300 kilometres (as referred to in the DG MOVE White Paper), the market potential is about 1.4 billion tonnes (9% of the freight flows).
A shift of 10% of the traffic to rail, over a 10-year period, means the SPECTRUM project could save 2.9 billion euros of external costs, based on a linear build up. In addition, 20 million tonnes of carbon emissions could be saved.
It can be concluded that the SPECTRUM concept has a huge demand to satisfy and that this demand is in alignment with the broad concept of a freight train that performs similarly to a passenger train, offering faster, more reliable and more flexible rail freight services.
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