£30million Contract for Wrightbus International
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated Wrightbus International on securing a new £30million contract to supply 415 double deck bus kits to SBS Transit in Singapore.
Wrightbus International, the international arm of Wrights Group in Ballymena, has been chosen by SBS Transit in Singapore to provide vehicles tailored to its demanding operations.
The order will be supplied and packaged in complete knocked down (CKD) kits from the company’s Ballymena plant. They will be shipped to Singapore where they will be assembled by Comfort Delgro Engineering at their facility and supported by Wrightbus International technicians.
Arlene Foster said: “Wrightbus is a leading example of an innovative business that has continued to invest in its future. Developing its knocked down (CKD) kit with research and development support from Invest Northern Ireland has created significant opportunities for the business.
“Earlier this year I met with the senior management team at ComfortDelGro Corporation’s headquarters in Singapore and they were clearly impressed with the quality and innovation behind the Wrightbus product.
“This substantial contract secures Wrightbus as the primary suppliers of double-deck buses for SBS Transit, a subsidiary company of the ComfortDelGro Corporation, into 2017. It follows three previous orders with the same company, resulting in over 1,000 similar vehicles entering service with SBS Transit since 2010.
“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.”
Invest NI’s support was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.