In 1987 Volgren Australia Pty Ltd was formed and the formal agreement with Volvo came to a conclusion. Our new independence allowed us to begin building on chassis other than those manufactured by the Swedish manufacturer.
Between 1999 and 2004 a series of state government and city council contracts helped to change Volgren from a successful Victorian company into an expansive nationwide manufacturer. We built a factory in Perth in 1999, in Brisbane in 2008 and in Newcastle, two hours north of Sydney, in 2009.
While our operations were expanding, our factory in Dandenong continued to go from strength to strength. In 2008 we celebrated the 2500th bus body to be built there. Two years later we delivered our 5000th bus body in total across all our factories.
In 2011, the Grenda Bus Services arm of the business, still going strong, was sold to Ventura Bus Lines.
In February 2012, after more than 30 years of full ownership, the Grenda Corporation – still a family-owned company – sold a majority stake in Volgren to Brazil-based Marcopolo SA, one of the world’s largest bus body manufacturers.
In 2017, Marcopolo SA, acquired the remaining 25 percent of Volgren giving the company full ownership. This means that Volgren’s local capability is now strengthened by Marcopolo’s technology, buying power and more-than 70 years of global experience.
With this global capability comes new opportunities for our partners.
Our promise that “the bus we build for you today will be our best Volgren yet”, is now backed by global know-how.
You can read more about our parent company on our Marcopolo page.