A bus-building facility offering a potential 250 jobs opened at Tomago today [15 March 2010].
[Pictured: Brisbane Transport bus on Volgren chassis]
Volgren Australia unveiled its body-building factory at the Hunter Industrial Estate at Tomago one year after construction began.
Despite tough economic times, we are a proud Australian company that continues to invest and create jobs locally,’ said Volgren’s Managing Director Peter Dale.
This facility is now fully operational, producing buses made in New South Wales for the people of New South Wales.’
To do this in less than a year has been a remarkable achievement by all involved, especially the builders and our staff, who have worked so hard to get us here today.’
Volgren buses are built for both private enterprise and the NSW Government, which has significantly expanded public transport services in the state.
The $18 million facility makes 56-seater articulated buses (“bendy-buses” that hold 84 passengers including standing) for the NSW Government and built on a Volvo chassis.
There is a growing demand for effective public transport, and buses are one of the best solutions for any shortage,’ Mr Dale said.
New bus routes can be quickly introduced and, if buses come often enough, experience shows that passengers are prepared to get on board.’
The Newcastle facility is Volgren’s fourth in Australia, complementing bus body-building plants in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Last year we delivered 537 buses across the country, making us the biggest bus body-building company in Australia,’ Mr Dale said.
Volgren buses are built using a unique aluminium system, which makes the buses stronger, lighter and more energy efficient than traditional steel buses. Volgren is a family owned company.
Image of Brisbane MAN bus under licence
Volgren Bus plant fully operational
NSW Transport and Roads Minister David Campbell today joined with Minister for the Hunter, Jodi McKay, and Managing Director of Volgren Australia, Peter Dale, to officially open the new $18 million bus building plant in Tomago.
Mr Campbell said that the new bus plant meant more jobs in the Hunter. He said the plant will deliver state-of-the-art buses across the network.
This plant is crucial in delivering the 150 articulated buses that will be used for the metrobus networks and key routes,” Mr Campbell said.
This factory was constructed following the award of a $112 million contract to Volgren and Volvo in December 2008.
“The new buses will start rolling out of the plant this year, with full delivery to commuters in 2011.”
Minister for the Hunter, Jodi McKay, said the opening of the Volgren plant would boost the number of jobs for skilled workers in the Hunter and is great news for the region.
The new plant will support around 250 jobs in the region and will provide a boost to local businesses and the economy,” Ms McKay said.
The Hunter has a proud history of manufacturing transport infrastructure, buses and train carriages, and today’s opening marks another chapter in that history.
Establishing the Volgren plant in Tomago is great news for the Hunter and means the delivery of all buses across the state can be brought forward by a year to 2011.”
Mr Campbell said the Government also announced, as part of the Metropolitan Transport Plan, an additional 1000 buses for Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney and the Illawarra.