INNOVATION is the key to success as it will improve our competitiveness by providing leading-edge technologies. We have to make sure we are always one step ahead of others when it comes to technology and know-how - especially in the areas of energy efficiency, productivity/throughput, asset utilisation, improvements in infrastructure and rolling stock availability, travel experience for passengers, and, last but not least, climate and environmental friendliness.
Australia's largest railfreight operator Aurizon has sought to grow its business primarily through its heavy-haul capabilities. However, recent turmoil in global iron-ore and coal markets is creating some turbulence for the operator's aspirations, writes Mark Carter.
The world's leading mining companies are preparing massive operations in Mozambique's Moatize basin which holds one of the world's largest untapped coal deposits. Kevin Smith and John Batwell look at plans to develop railway infrastructure to aid extraction of the country's mineral wealth.