Wrightbus Making Inroads in Singapore
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has met with top executives from Singapore bus and rail network operator SBS Transit (SBST).
The company, which carries more than three million passengers on its network every day, has added Wrightbus vehicles to its fleet in recent years, most recently with an order in 2012 for 550 double deck buses, which are all due to be delivered by mid 2015.
The Double Deck buses supplied to SBST are in Completely Knocked Down (CKD) format and are shipped from Ballymena to Singapore in flat pack format for assembly in Singapore.
Arlene Foster said: “I can’t help but feel a sense of pride when I see buses which have been designed and manufactured in Northern Ireland forming an important part of the public transport network on the other side of the world.
“Wrightbus is an innovative, forward thinking company which invests heavily in research and development. The groundbreaking technology the company is incorporating in their vehicles means they are becoming increasingly attractive to operators right across the globe.
“Having already built the now iconic ‘Boris Bus’ which is currently on an international tour as part of the ‘Great’ campaign, Wrightbus is becoming an instantly recognisable and respected brand associated with innovation and best practice.
“Innovation is a key driver of economic success and the export success achieved by Wrightbus is an example of what can be achieved through continually focusing on staying ahead of the competition.”