Wrightbus wins £30m bus contract
Wrightbus has won a £30 million contract to supply buses to Singapore.
The Northern Ireland-based firm signed its fourth consecutive contract with SBS Transit, a bus and rail company based in the south-east Asian country.
Wrightbus' international arm will supply 415 double decker buses over the next three years, in partnership with Volvo Bus.
Since 2011, Wrightbus has delivered more than 1,000 buses to Singapore from its manufacturing plant in Ballymena, County Antrim.
Wrightbus supplies in kit form to Singapore and other markets in Asia, including Hong Kong, from its Ballymena base.
The vehicles are then assembled by local engineering companies.
Steve Harper, business development director for Wrightbus International, said he was delighted.
"Featuring the distinctive and stylish Wrightbus body, these tri-axle, air conditioned, 12m buses have been specifically developed and designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Singapore climate and high passenger numbers.
"This latest order is part of SBS Transit's on-going programme to completely renew its fleet and provide 'greener' vehicles for the benefit of passengers and the wider Singaporean environment."
He said the 1,430 vehicles which will be on the road by 2017 will be fully supported to SBS Transit's exacting standards.
Stormont enterprise minister Arlene Foster said: "The firm is clearly reaping the benefits of its continued investment in new product development and cutting edge design.
"Its continuing success in winning contracts reflects the company's focus on innovation and export marketing which has resulted in it becoming a significant player across a range of international markets."