Positive outlook for industry deliveries

Australian bus and coach deliveries again surpassed four figures in 2018–19, keeping the supply chain busy, exclusive ABC data reveals.

Positive outlook for industry deliveries
It's been another busy year for the bus supply chain, annual results indicate.

As another financial year ticked over, there were a confirmed 1,288 bus and coach deliveries in the past 12 months to June, an increase of more than 100 on the previous year.

This number takes into consideration the entrance of a few manufacturers to ABC magazine’s deliveries section mid-way through the past reporting cycle. Nonetheless it paints a positive picture that demand in the industry remains solid.

The highlights for the chassis manufacturers were the performances of the Swedes, Volvo and Scania, both of whom increased their tallies on the previous year. Yutong also recorded triple figures, nearly doubling year-on-year.

Onto the body builders, 19 brands were recorded in the deliveries, once again highlighting the diversity of this sector. Volgren continued its ascendancy, also growing for the year with 449 reported builds. While it was well in front, the chasing pack remained in a tight tussle, with Bustech posting a solid tally, and Yutong, BCI and Irizar not far behind.

For the air-conditioners, Thermo King’s deliveries hit the 600 mark, solidifying its market leadership. Four other makers – Spheros, Hispacold, Yutong and Coachair – also fought it out for a decent slice of the sector.

In numbers almost completely mirroring the past year, New South Wales was the busiest state for orders, comprising 36 per cent. Victoria followed on 26 per cent, with Queensland and Western Australia on 18 and 14 per cent, respectively.

Please note all data is as supplied from manufacturers, with their involvement at their discretion.

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