The Wright Group have today announced the order of over 400 buses to be exported to Singapore.
The order, which will be manufactured in Ballymena will effectively build the buses in ‘flat pack’ form before exporting them.
The company already have strong trading links with Singapore and this latest order will add to the 1015 buses that have already been purchased by SBS transport in Singapore from Wright Group, which will bring the total number on the roads to 1430.
Mr Paisley commented “I welcomed the High Commissioner of Singapore to North Antrim several months ago and he was very keen to visit the WrightGroup site. I was delighted to introduce him to senior staff of the company. Furthermore I met with the High Commissioner in London yesterday as this deal was being finalised.”
WrightBus place a lot of emphasis on their commitment to renewable energy and are leading the way in incorporating climate friendly products. Last month the company announced their latest office in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. The area of Abu Dhabi where the offices will be based, Masdar City is powered entirely by renewable energy as part of a government initiative to develop sustainable working and living.
Steve Harper, Business Development Director for Wrightbus International, said: “This latest order is part of SBS Transit’s on-going programme to completely renew its fleet and provide ‘greener’ vehicles for the benefit of passengers and the wider Singaporean environment.”
“As a long standing supplier, we’re delighted to have been awarded this latest contract from SBS Transit to supply a further 415 double deck buses in conjunction with our partner Volvo Bus. Featuring the distinctive and stylish Wrightbus body, these tri-axle, air conditioned, 12m buses have been specifically developed and designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Singapore climate and high passenger numbers.”
Mr Paisley concluded “This is a wonderful example of how strong the manufacturing industry is in Northern Ireland and we should be very encouraged about how prosperous our international trade relations are turning out to be and look set to develop even further.”