Local manufacturing at work successfully impacting employment in Australia.
We at Progard Plastics are extremely proud to call Volgren a client partner that we have supplied internal bus parts to for the better part of 10 years We would like to think that our supply line abilities contributed in some part to the success achieved by Volgren.
The full press release is enclosed below:
Volgren, Australia’s largest bus manufacturer and owned by Marcopolo SA, has signed the largest supply agreement in its four decades, extending its contract with the Western Australian Public Transportation Authority (PTA), the state’s government.
According to André Armaganijan, director of International Business and Strategy at Marcopolo SA, the agreement will involve the supply of 900 buses in up to ten years, with an option to renew after five years. All buses will be assembled at the company’s plant in Perth, Western Australia. The contract will generate Volgren revenue of approximately $ 110 million and the total $ 220 million if there is a subsequent renewal.
“This deal is in line with Marcopolo’s strategy to expand its activities around the world and is among the largest ever closed by our company, arguably the largest for the Asia-Pacific region,” said Andre Armaganijan.
The supply represents the third extension of Volgren’s contract with the PTA. All buses will be mounted with Volvo chassis. Peter Dale, the company’s chief executive, said he was enthusiastic and very proud to extend his 20-year relationship with the PTA. “Volgren started its partnership with the PTA in 1999 and provided more than 1,800 buses, always meeting the deadline, cost and high standard of quality.”
“Our partnership with Western Australia and the PTA is one of the longest and most successful in the history of Australian industry, and a partnership that has always been highly valued,” says Peter Dale.
The executive said that some of the first PTA-supplied vehicles still in operation and in excellent condition – and only now being withdrawn – give the exact notion of Volgren’s standard bus quality and engineering technology,
Dale concluded that the company’s focus on continuous improvement techniques and the Lean lean manufacturing concept gave Volgren the ability to meet such big demands. “Our ability to deliver large volumes of buses on time and within budget is already well established. The Perth operation is perfectly positioned to meet the new PTA delivery schedule and will allow for fleet growth of approximately 30%. ”
The first Volvo BR8LE prototype from Volgren is expected to be delivered in August this year. Full production will begin in October and 66 buses will be delivered to the PTA in the first twelve months.
Image Credit: Volgren – Marcopolo Company
Article Source: Marcopolo Website