Volgren is delighted with its contract to build buses for Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority, the company’s Managing Director Peter Dale said in Perth today.

The tender announcement was made today.

‘Volgren has been proud to partner with PTA for the past 11 years, producing 950 buses over that time, and it is wonderful that our strong relationship will continue,’ said Mr Dale.

Mr Dale said Volgren had grown in the past decade to be Australia’s largest and most innovative bus body-builder, producing the highest-quality vehicles.

‘Our buses are constructed using a unique aluminium system that makes them lighter, stronger and safer,’ Mr Dale said. ‘They also are corrosion resistant and easier to repair, making their cost over their lifetime significantly cheaper than a traditional steel bus.’

Mr Dale said Volgren’s purpose-built construction facility at Malaga had created 100 jobs, plus a further 60 jobs in the local supply chain, and he was delighted those jobs were secure.

‘We are a family company and we consider our employees as part of our faimily. We know that our people are our greatest asset,’ Mr Dale said.

Under the new contract, Volgren will create more jobs by adding a Perth-based service and refurbishment facility that will augment the Malaga plant.

‘This new facility will provide a base for Volgren’s mobile field service technicians, provide a range of body maintenance and repairs and provide a local spare parts store and dispatch centre.’

The Malaga facility would also provide a springboard for potential export markets, particularly in Asia, with the facility having already produced more than 150 buses for local and overseas clients, outside the PTA contracts.

Mr Dale said Volgren continued to be the country’s most innovative bus body-builder, having introduced to Australia ultra low-floor buses, bolted aluminium bus body structures and bus body electrical multiplexing.

‘The PTA is one of the largest bus operators in Australia and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship in the decades to come.’

More information: Peter Dale, 03 9791 4255