Tuesday, 30th October 2018
EURO BUS EXPO 2018, NEC BIRMINGHAM
30 OCTOBER – 1 NOVEMBER
WRIGHTBUS STAND NUMBER J10, HALL 5
Wrightbus International, the international arm of the Wrights Group, has announced two major orders from high profile customers in the Asia Pacific region, highlighting the company’s continued success in overseas markets.
The first comes from Hong Kong where Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) has ordered 150 vehicles and its sister company, LongWin Bus, has committed to a further 10, all are double decker vehicles with Wrightbus bodywork on a Volvo chassis.
Following this success, the company has also received an order for seven buses for New World First Bus (NWFB) and 46 for its sister company City Bus Ltd. Also featuring Wrightbus bodywork with Volvo chassis combination, this brings the total number of orders won by the company in Hong Kong to 484 units in the last two years.
Japanese tour bus operator Hatobus has commissioned five Wrightbus bodied buses on a Scania chassis to add to its 160 strong fleet, which are set to be deployed in and around Tokyo. Based on the Wrightbus StreetDeck body in collaboration with Scania, the vehicles feature a number of specific adaptations, including a sliding open top roof design to enable a panoramic, sightseeing experience for visitors to the Japanese capital city.
This latest order has come about due to recent rises in tourism for Japan and this is likely to increase further in the next few years with the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the summer Olympic Games in 2020 all taking place. Wrightbus has developed open topped vehicles for city sightseeing purposes before, having supplied 30 similar buses to Lothian for operation in and around Edinburgh last year.
All of these new orders will be manufactured at the new Wrightbus campus in Gracehill, Ballymena. The buses for KMB will be among the first to be produced and delivered from the remodelled facility.
In addition to the Asia Pacific success, other current Wrightbus International projects underway include opportunities in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Additional specific StreetDecks are also under evaluation by KMB in Hong Kong.
John McLeister, Group Business and Product Development Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these new orders. Working in partnership with Volvo, our established Hong Kong customers have been taking our vehicles for many years now and we have supplied almost 1500 double-deckers for operation in the territory since we shipped the first bus in 2001.
“It is also very exciting to be working with Hatobus, they are one of the oldest bus companies we deal with and we look forward to establishing a long and close working relationship for many years to come.
“With all of the new vehicles for Hong Kong and Japan being manufactured at our facility in Ballymena, this will provide a real boost for our workforce and the local economy.”
Wrightbus International was established as a separate division of the Wrights Group to generate growth in key overseas markets.