Posted on Wednesday 5 March 2014 by Ulster Business
Wrightbus International, in partnership with Volvo Bus, received the orders from New World First Bus Services Limited and Citybus Limited for 20 and 31 new double deck buses respectively. The company did not disclose the value of the contracts, but they are thought to be multi-million pound deals.
The orders mark the first business that Wrightbus International has won from the operators, who will deploy the vehicles on routes in Hong Kong. Volvo Bus will supply the chassis and Wrightbus International will be responsible for the bodywork, with the buses being assembled in Malaysia by the company's new partner and distributor Masdef.
Qualified personnel from Wrightbus International have relocated to Masdef's manufacturing facility in Puchong, just south of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, to support training of the workforce. Assembly will start in mid 2014, with vehicles due for delivery in January 2015.
"This is a highly significant order for Wrightbus International," said the company's Business Development Director Steve Harper. "Working closely with long term partner Volvo Bus, we have been able to secure, what is, our first order with NWFB and CTB."
He added: "The new partnership agreement with Masdef is an important part of our strategy to extend our presence and capability in the region and will hopefully provide a springboard for further future developments."
Arlene Foster, MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment met Masdef and witnessed the partnership agreement signing during her recent visit to Singapore. The Minister welcomed the new orders, saying: "This is substantial news for Wrightbus International which is one of Northern Ireland's most pioneering manufacturing firms."
"The company's partnership agreements with Volvo Bus and Masdef have proved to be a successful way to secure valuable business with new customers such as NWFB and CTB. I hope these contracts will help Wrightbus International leverage future business in the region."