Servitization in Train Transportation
The adoption of an innovative and progressive approach towards servitization by the European rolling stock manufacturing industry offers a new avenue for sustaining and enhancing the competitiveness of this industry. Servitization in rail vehicle manufacturing is not only being pushed by technological progress but also by a series of current trends encompassing demand-side and regulatory changes affecting the entire sector. This paper discusses these trends and identifies possible impacts and challenges in the adoption of service-oriented businesses by this manufacturing segment. The paper calls attention to the fact that, despite a marked interest from the industry, the issue has been covered by scientific literature only in the form of case studies, but there is a gap in the field regarding academic- and theoretical-oriented approaches that take into account the particularities of the industry.
KeywordsServitization Product service-system Service innovation Supply chain Railway industry European manufacturing industry
This paper builds on early research undertaken by the authors in the framework of the SCORE project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020-EU.3.4) under grant agreement No 724112. For insightful discussions in early stages of this paper, the authors are grateful to Kevin Pereira and participants at the SCORE First Industrial Workshop (EUREF Campus, Berlin, September 2017) and Final Conference (Fondation Universitaire, Brussels, Mar. 2018).
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