Melbourne Bus Franchise delivers jobs boost for Volgren

Australia’s largest bus body builder, Volgren, will create 50 new jobs following the Victorian Department of Transport’s decision to award Melbourne’s franchise bus fleet to operator Kinetic. Minister for Transport, Ben Carroll, has announced   that Kinetic, which already operates airport service SkyBus in Melbourne, would take control of Melbourne’s 537-strong fleet. Kinetic will introduce five [...]

By | November 19th, 2021|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

Ventura begins electric vehicle charge

Melbourne bus operator, Ventura Bus Lines, has added a battery electric bus (BEB) to their fleet for the first time, taking delivery of the vehicle from long-time partner Volgren. The bus is a Volgren Optimus on a BYD D9RA chassis. Ventura’s Managing Director, Andrew Cornwall, said the decision to choose the combination came after [...]

Volgren backs workers and local manufacturing in Queensland

Australia's largest bus body builder has announced plans to invest in their Eagle Farm workforce and continue building bus bodies in Queensland, including their first locally manufactured electric bus, due early next year. The decision to continue building a wide range of buses at Eagle Farm follows a period of uncertainty after Volgren delivered its final [...]

By | September 20th, 2021|Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

Volgren Perth powers ahead with new aftersales facility

The global bus industry is undergoing a challenge unlike any seen before, but as COVID-19 makes life difficult for so many in the world of transport, Volgren Perth is bucking the trend and expanding it’s aftersales delivery and headcount. The new 2000-square metre facility, located next door to the current manufacturing site will more than [...]

By | August 27th, 2021|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

Volgren hands over bus 882 from12-year supply agreement with Brisbane City Council

Last week, Volgren delivered the final bus of an agreement with Brisbane City Council that has lasted 12 years and incorporated almost 900 vehicles. The handover event featured the last of the locally built buses to leave the company’s Eagle Farm facility – the 882nd delivered to Council – as well as the very first [...]

The muso who became a Volgren lynchpin

After John Pettit left school he undertook an apprenticeship as a painter decorator, but spent little time over the next decade plying that trade. Instead, he pursued a musical career that started in his homestate of WA and brought him to New South Wales playing piano and keyboard for cover bands and other groups throughout [...]

By | April 28th, 2021|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

The value of quality after sales and smash repairs

The Australian bus industry has much to be proud of when it comes to the quality of its products. Australian-built buses are renowned for their manufacturing excellence. The fact is, however, that almost all buses used in Australia are placed under punishing schedules on busy roads in unforgiving climates. The best engineering and construction in [...]

By | February 25th, 2021|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

New head of engineering at Volgren

Volgren has promoted Brenton McCallum to Engineering Manager after Joaquim Gomes went back to Brazil to  take up a new role as Engineering Manager at the Australian manufacturer’s parent company, Marcopolo, in Brazil. The change is part of a restructure of the engineering team that began at the start of the year with the appointment [...]

Ventura Bus Lines takes delivery of two Volgren-bodied Scania Hybrids

Melbourne-based Ventura Bus Lines today took delivery of the first two Scania Hybrid Euro 6 route buses fitted with locally-built Volgren bodies destined for suburban and outer metropolitan route duties. These are the first Scania Hybrid buses to be delivered to a Melbourne Metropolitan Contract Bus Operator, and will be substantially quieter and with less [...]

By | December 11th, 2020|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Uncategorized, Volgren|0 Comments

First Panel 3-compliant buses about to hit the streets of the Illawarra

The very first Transport for New South Wales Panel 3-compliant buses will take to the road this year. They will be operated not by a multinational transport business, but by Dion’s Bus Service, a family-owned company based in the Wollongong suburb of Fairy Meadow. Panel 3 of course, refers to Transport for New South Wales’ [...]

By | November 10th, 2020|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Uncategorized, Volgren|0 Comments

Adult apprentices take their opportunities with Volgren

Ten years ago Paul Timu was working in construction when the industry hit a flat spot. He knew he needed to make a career change and, after speaking with a family member who worked at Volgren, he managed to get a job at the company’s Eagle Farm facility. “I was helping out in the chassis [...]

By | October 15th, 2020|Home Teaser, Media Release, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

From design graduate to engineering leader

Nick Carnie’s Volgren story begins not on an assembly line or in a meeting with an engineer but at a university. It was while completing his Bachelor of Industrial Design at Monash University, one of Australia’s most highly regarded higher education institutions, that Nick was introduced to the bus body manufacturer. In 2010, Volgren approached [...]

By | October 5th, 2020|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

The huge career shift that uncovered a sales superstar Jim Pittas’s Volgren story

Before he began his career at Volgren, Jim Pittas was a market gardener. Today, you’ll still find him every Saturday selling his family’s famous oxheart tomatoes at the Richmond Good Food Market, but he’s pleased that 70-hour farming weeks are behind him. “There was no family time; I was working Christmas Day. It was just [...]

By | September 28th, 2020|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments

“There’s a lot of pride and satisfaction in what we do.”

Later this year, Peter Bromley will celebrate his 40th anniversary as a Volgren employee. In that time, he’s seen a lot and witnessed the company change dramatically. Peter came to Volgren as a first-class body maker – a professional vehicle manufacturer – and worked on VG06, the sixth bus ever made by Volgren. Since then [...]

“I worked on the first bus.”

Ross Herring has been at Volgren since the company was established. In fact, Ross’s career as a vehicle body maker pre-dates Volgren by three years. Apart from a brief departure in the 1980s, it’s been his professional home for his entire working life. Ross joined Grenda’s Bus Service as an apprentice in 1974 and by [...]

By | August 18th, 2020|Home Teaser, Media Release, News, Press Release, Volgren|0 Comments