Deliveries fight back against 'the virus'

Numbers trend in the right direction even if from a low base, exclusive ABC data reveals.

Deliveries fight back against 'the virus'
Volvo-Volgren's 1,000th bus to PTA WA was a recent milestone.

A month-on-improvement provides some welcome relief for the bus and coach industry, with 85 deliveries reported in September.

That’s back above August’s low of 70 and May’s 80 as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact demand and the supply chain globally.

For the chassis sector, while perennial leaders Volvo and Scania aren’t back at historical levels, both slightly lift their monthly tallies; the former up from 20 to 26 and the latter from 14 to 15. There were also slight improvements for BCI (up from seven to 11) and Yutong (six to nine). Meanwhile, MAN had its biggest month for the year with seven, off the back of its ongoing Surfside Buslines order.

For the body builders, Australian Bus Corporation (ABC) pipped Volgren 24 to 23, aided by its three brands Bustech (15), Precision Buses (6) and Elphinstone (3). Similarly, both figures represent monthly gains, with ABC up from 15 and Volgren 21. Elsewhere, BCI also exceeded double figures and recorded 13 deliveries, though that’s a decrease of one since August.

In the air-conditioning sector it’s business as usual with Thermo King occupying the majority of the market. It was credited with 45 deliveries, well above last month’s 30 and more than July’s 42. Spheros also rose back to double figures, up from three last month.

Despite its lockdown, Victoria emerged as the busiest state, occupying 31 per cent of the market. Queensland beat NSW for second place, accounting for 23 per cent compared with the latter’s 21 per cent.

Click here for comprehensive bus and coach delivery information for September. Please note all data is as supplied from manufacturers, with their involvement at their discretion

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