Rail Rolling Stock

The Coordination and Support Action “Scoreboard of Competitiveness of the European Transport Manufacturing Industry” (SCORE) explores, assesses and forecasts how progress in research and development, new innovative technologies and future demand changes in combination with forthcoming geopolitical and geo-economic developments affect the global competitive position of the European transport manufacturing industry.

The analysis focuses on the four major transport manufacturing industry's segments automotive, aeronautical, ship-building and rail rolling stock, all for carriage of passengers and freight, and has a time horizon up to 2030 (and partly to 2050).

The findings are summarized and visualized in a so called scoreboard that indicates in an easily accessible way the current and future competitive position of the European transport manufacturing industries compared to their global rivals.

Subsequently, orientations for adjustments, changes and expansions of corporate innovation, production and investment strategies, EU industrial competitiveness policies and other measures are provided.

For verification and validation, the SCORE project seeks extensively the assessments from an Industrial Advisory Board at various workshops.


The SCORE project consists of eight partners from seven countries in its core consortium. In Order to keep the project lean, agile and productive, dedicated companies, think tanks and research institutes have been involved.

As many of them are key members of European associations and technology platforms working on transport and manufacturing issues or the relevant societal drivers, the recommendations by the project are based on thorough technical and economic assessments as well as industrial roadmaps and they can easily be leveraged.

  • VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH; Germany
  • Railenium; France
  • Cranfield University; UK
  • Maritime University of Szczecin; Poland
  • Transportøkonomisk Institutt; Norway
  • Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics; Germany
  • IK4 Research Alliance; Spain
  • Intl. Association of Public Transport Operators; Belgium

Project objectives

  • Provide a coherent picture of the current status and global competitive situation of the European transport manufacturing industries in the four segments automotive, aeronautics, ship-building and rail rolling-stock.
  • Consider the three most relevant transversal indicators of competitiveness for the targeted industries which are dynamics of industrial value chains, changing demand side requirements and economic analysis and forecast of competitiveness.
  • Assess the strength and weaknesses in relation to not only traditional but also nontraditional competitors which enter the established value chains with very agile organization forms, large financial resources and rapid globalization strategies.
  • Analyse the potentials and challenges of disruptive technologies, innovative products, new business models and emerging markets for European manufacturers; including e.g. aspects like complementary product services enabled by networking and big data analysis and economies-of-scale concepts.
  • Forecast the future development of the competitive position in view of company-strategic opportunities, changing user demand and societal requirements as well as related economic implications.
  • Help stakeholders to assess the current position and identify areas requiring priority investments and actions by visualizing the current and future competitive position of the European transport manufacturing industries in comparison to their worldwide rivals in an easily accessible way.
  • Create harmonized cross-sectorial recommendations for industry and advice on policies and regulatory frameworks for securing and furthering the competitive position of the considered industries.
  • Sustain the work of the project beyond its duration,e.g. by publishing the results in a volume of Procedia Manufacturing and converting the methodology and the scoreboard into a self-sustaining service offer.