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Bussing It To Asia-Deal For Irish Bus Company

 

Updated : Aug 25, 2009

A Northern Ireland bus builder has broken new ground in Asia and announced multimillion-pound contracts to build more than 200 buses for use in Singapore and Hong Kong. Skip related content

The Co Antrim Wright Group has been pursuing new market opportunities and said the contracts would reinforce its position as a world leader in public transit vehicle design.

At the same time the company said the orders would help it weather the current global economic market Yahoo Online reports.

The company employs around 1,000 workers in Ballymena and earlier this month announced it was cutting to below 100 the previously proposed redundancies of 235.

In partnership with Volvo the Wright Group has won a contract to supply 150 buses to SBS Transit in Singapore.

It is its first entry into the Singapore market and it will design and develop new bodywork kits for the local market.

In addition Wright Group engineers will travel to Singapore to train and support local manufacturers in the assembly and fitting of the kits.

The company said it saw the contract as an important step in their expansion in Asian markets for both completely built buses and kits, depending on local demand.

It said it saw prospects for further sales in South East Asia in the next few years.

The second order was from Hong Hong where the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) placed an order for 60 double-decker air-conditioned buses to add to a fleet of 160 of its buses already in service there.

 

 

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