Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Ballymena firm Wrightbus creates 130 new jobs in £14 million investment

One of the buses produced by Ballymena-based Wrightbus
One of the buses produced by Ballymena-based Wrightbus

Ballymena bus firm Wrightbus is creating 130 new jobs thanks to a £14 million investment.

The Co Antrim family-owned company - which currently employs some 1,800 staff - is creating the new posts at it's facility for the design and manufacture of vehicle chassis.

Mark Nodder, Group Managing Director of Wrights Group, said: “Our aim is to become a world class designer and manufacturer of integral public transport vehicles and evolve into a major international supplier to the worldwide bus market. 

"This investment brings us a step closer to achieving that. With Invest NI’s support we will be able to bring products to market quickly, and we anticipate that within four years we can triple export sales."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the new jobs would create £2.5 million a year for the economy.

"Wrights Group is one of our most successful indigenous manufacturing companies, and this is in large part due to its continuous focus on innovation," she said

"In the last five years Wrights Group has undertaken a number of successful R&D projects that have significantly boosted its sales and international profile.

"This investment will further strengthen its product portfolio and its ability to sell into markets around the world."

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