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Bustech wins SA contract

Queensland bus maker Bustech has won a $2 million contract for the manufacture of two advanced diesel buses and two electric buses in South Australia

Once built, the South Australian Government will use the buses to trial how electric and low carbon emission buses might be used as part of Adelaide’s main public transport network. 

Leveraging existing facilities and engineering capability in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, Bustech has struck an alliance with Adelaide-based Precision Components.

Transit Australia Group CEO Michael McGee says the South Australian Government’s interest in advanced manufacturing and e-mobility solutions for public transport is inspiring.

 “The Adelaide facility is the result of companies collaborating to deliver market-leading products and a government keen to support the manufacture and trial of next generation urban transport vehicles,” he says.

“It’s the first step in a long-running partnership with Precision Components and the South Australian Government to create an advanced manufacturing alliance focussed on e-mobility, transport and energy infrastructure in northern Adelaide.”

Bustech, the manufacturing arm of mass transit specialist Transit Australia Group, last year launched what the compay says is Australia’s first electric bus. 

McGee says the deal is an example of how governments could attract investment and promote industry.

“We are Australia’s only OEM bus manufacturer, with chassis designed and made domestically,” McGee says.

“We are creating 100 new jobs over the next 18 months and an additional 12 buses are already set for manufacture in Adelaide starting early next year.

“It’s a great example of how pro-business governments can attract investment and generate jobs.

“With Bustech buses being completely Australian designed, engineered and made from the ground up, it’s great to keep the skills and labour onshore while delivering the nation’s growing requirements for transport products.”

McGee says the Adelaide alliance has also strengthened Transit Australia Group’s position internationally. 

“Adelaide enhances our production capacity for domestic supply and provides genuine export opportunities with our business ventures in New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East.” 

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