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Co Antrim firm Wright Group is spending £40m locally

By Staff Reporter

County Antrim firm Wright Group is sourcing approximately £40m per year in supplies from other companies across Northern Ireland, it has emerged.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell praised the company, which employs around 1,200 people, for its contribution to the province during a visit to its Ballymena factory.

The manufacturer, best-known for building the latest incarnation of the London Routemaster bus, tripled profits from £1.4m to £6.5m during 2014.

Minister Bell said: "Wrightbus is synonymous with innovation, excellence and cutting-edge research and development.

"The Ballymena-built iconic Routemaster bus is instantly recognisable right around the world. As well as featuring in the James Bond movie Skyfall, it has quite rightly been used as the flagship symbol of the 'Great' campaign, advertising all that is good about industry in Great Britain and Northern Ireland."

He added that the company was also "strategically important to the local supply chain, sourcing around £40m per annum from Northern Ireland companies."

"By continually investing in its future, Wrightbus has ensured that it remains a market leader and this is paying dividends in terms of establishing the firm as a significant player across a range of global export markets, including Hong Kong," minister Bell said.

Wrightbus manufactures buses and mass transit vehicles for all sectors of the market.

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