Posted on Wednesday 9 July 2014 by Ulster Business
A Wrightbus double decker in operation with SBS Transit in Singapore
A unique flat-pack system used by Wrightbus has helped secure an order for 415 double decker buses from a Singapore public transport company.
SBS Transit has already bought over 1,000 of the Ballymena company’s buses, which are based on partner Volvo Bus’ chassis and supplied in “complete knocked down” kits.
The system involves each bus’ parts being packed onto pallets at Wrightbus’s Ballymena plant before being shipped to Singapore where they’re assembled by transport company Comfort Delgro Engineering at their facility, supported by Wrightbus technicians.
The latest contract win is another coup for the County Antrim company which is also responsible for manufacturing the revamped Bus for London and which has been making waves in overseas export markets, particularly with SBS Transit.
“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,” Steve Harper, Business Development Director for Wrightbus International, said.
“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.”