£30m contract for Wrightbus

Published Wednesday, 09 July 2014
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Wrightbus International has secured a new £30m contract to supply 415 double decker bus kits to Singapore.

It's the fourth contract from SBS Transit and it will see them supply the buses over a three year period.

The order will be supplied and packaged in complete knocked down (CKD) kits from the company's Ballymena plant.

They will be shipped to Singapore where they will be assembled by Comfort Delgro Engineering at their facility and supported by Wrightbus International technicians.

Steve Harper, Business Development Director for Wrightbus International, said: "As a long standing supplier, we're delighted to have been awarded this latest contract from SBS Transit to supply a further 415 double deck buses in conjunction with our partner Volvo Bus.

"Featuring the distinctive and stylish Wrightbus body, these tri-axle, air conditioned, 12m buses have been specifically developed and designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Singapore climate and high passenger numbers."

"This latest order is part of SBS Transit's on-going programme to completely renew its fleet and provide 'greener' vehicles for the benefit of passengers and the wider Singaporean environment.

"Together with Volvo, we already have an extensive aftermarket organisation in place which will be further expanded to ensure that all the 1,430 vehicles which will be on the road by 2017 are fully supported to SBS Transit's exacting standards."

Trade Minister Arlene Foster described Wrightbus as "a leading example of an innovative business that has continued to invest in its future."

"Developing its knocked down (CKD) kit with research and development support from Invest Northern Ireland has created significant opportunities for the business."

She continued: "This substantial contract secures Wrightbus as the primary suppliers of double-deck buses for SBS Transit, a subsidiary company of the ComfortDelGro Corporation, into 2017. It follows three previous orders with the same company, resulting in over 1,000 similar vehicles entering service with SBS Transit since 2010.

"The firm is clearly reaping the benefits of its continued investment in new product development and cutting edge design. Its continuing success in winning contracts reflects the company's focus on innovation and export marketing which has resulted in it becoming a significant player across a range of international markets."

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