MACDONALD WELCOMES 1,000 BUS ORDER FOR ALEXANDER DENNIS

Camelon based bus and coach builder, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is to build almost 1,000 new buses over the next 18 months.

The new orders worth £220m will see the Scottish company export 640 vehicles to Hong Kong; sustain 900 manufacturing jobs in central Scotland, with plants also in Guildford and Scarborough.

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald recently spoke in a chamber debate in the Scottish Parliament praising the workforce at ADL for the way in which the company has been transformed.

 

Mr MacDonald said I can’t praise the workforce highly enough. Just a few years ago they were enduring wage reductions, extended holiday periods, 3-day working weeks, and now they can hardly keep up with their orders. It is a fantastic good news story and the Green Bus Fund has certainly helped.

 

“It is also down to teamwork, with management working closely with the workforce to compete against strong competition from other parts of the UK and the continent. Part of that success story is thanks to the hard work and perseverance of the Alexander Dennis Chief Executive Officer, Colin Robertson, who joined the firm from Terex and has transformed ADL into a world leading manufacturer, producing world class buses which are selling globally. The whole team have to be congratulated on a tremendous effort.

 

"I have tabled a motion to the Scottish Parliament recognising this local company's international status”

 

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

MOTION

Date of Lodging: 08 November 2012

Short Title: Congratulations to Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis Ltd

S4M-04746 Angus MacDonald () (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish bus manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), on securing orders worth £220 million for almost 1,000 vehicles; acknowledges the assistance of the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund in securing many of these contracts from Scottish bus operators; considers that teamwork, with management working closely with the workforce to compete against strong competition from other parts of the UK and the continent, has resulted in the ADL success story over recent years, which it believes is thanks to the hard work and perseverance of the ADL’s chief executive officer, Colin Robertson, and his team, who have transformed the firm into a world-leading manufacturer, producing world-class buses, which are selling globally; understands that ADL’s success is fuelled by two revolutionary new buses, the first being a ground-breaking, three-axle double deck for export markets that is lighter, more fuel-efficient, easier to maintain, can carry 135 passengers and is known as the new generation Enviro500, with orders for over 530 from Hong Kong’s leading bus operators; further notes ADL’s plans to introduce its next-generation hybrid-electric bus; understands that ADL already has 600 hybrids operating in the UK, in many cases achieving fuel and CO2 reductions of 60% compared with previous diesel equivalents, with the latest technology introducing stop-start hybrids, enabling zero emissions as vehicles pull away from bus stops, with further reduction in fuel consumption and emissions by another 8 to 10%; considers that market confidence in the new technology is so high that ADL has already received advance orders for 150 vehicles, which will be delivered between now and the summer of 2013, going into operation with fleets such as National Express, Stagecoach, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead, London United and Metroline London; further understands that ADL’s market-leading Enviro200, a highly manoeuvrable, small, fuel-efficient midi-bus, continues to be a world best-seller, also enjoying 56% of the UK market in this sector, with orders for 175 for both home and export markets; notes ADL’s plans for further expansion into the North American market through a joint venture with New Flyer Industries, North America’s biggest bus and coach manufacturer, which has the potential for 1,000 vehicle sales a year in the USA and Canada, and wishes ADL continued success in the future.

 

 

 

 

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