The main purpose of this report is to analyze the development status of Aurizon (formerly QR National) rail freight industry. Aurizon is Australia's largest rail freight company; it’s the world's largest coal freight too. It also faced some problems in the rapid development, such as bad weather and alternative products threats.
This paper will make an analysis about the external and internal environment of the company to identify its strengths and weaknesses and compared with its competitors, to find areas for improvement. At last, some recommendations will be made on the further development of Aurizon. It’s hoped that Aurizon will continue stretching as far and wide as the horizon of Australia, which just likes its name.
With more and more concerned about the political issues of climate change, the environmental advantages of rail transport also more and more attention of the Government of Australia, the Australian rail transport for decades neglected history is coming to an end. Intercontinental competition, internal standards are not uniform and the lack of funds and other reasons, the long-term domestic rail transport system is neglected situation. However, over the past decade the Australian Railway Company gradually overcome various difficulties, rail transport to occupy more market share.
Aurizon (formerly QR National) comes from Queensland authorities Train Operating Companies Queensland Rail (QR Ltd.). Aurizon is not only Australia's largest rail freight company, but also the world's largest coal freight. The company high-quality business will be able to content with the increasing demand for energy in Asia .Having 2300 km tracks, 700 locomotives and 16,000 trucks, but its core business is almost monopoly in Central Queensland coal transportation collection. September 2010, QR National launched initial public offering, the Australian Securities Exchange, November 22 officially landing. 2009-2010 fiscal years, QR National transported a total of over 198 million tons of coal. The length of coal freight network is more than 2300 kilometers; the number of employees is approximately 9,000. After the completion of the listing, the Queensland Government will continue to maintain a controlling position, holding QR Nationa25% to 40% of the shares.