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First Bustech XDi delivered in Tasmania

Bustech presented its first XDi bus to Metro Tasmania recently

While this first bus was driven 1800km, all the way from Queensland, the remaining 99 that have been ordered will be built on the island over the next three years.

The Elphinstone crew assembled the vehicle in Queensland in readiness for Tasmanian production of the remaining 99 buses. In the presence of Metro Tasmania personnel, the first bus successfully passed its initial quality control gate check back in August.

The Tasmanian premier announced the 100 bus contract for Metro Tasmania back in April.

Transit Australia Group’s manufacturing arm Bustech revealed the $45 million project is the single biggest investment in public transport in Tasmania’s history.

It was also reportedly the first time any state or national government in Australia had procured buses that are entirely made in Australia.

The Metro contract sees Bustech partner with Tasmanian company Elphinstone Pty Ltd on the state’s North-West Coast to utilise existing capabilities while providing a boost to local manufacturing.

The four-year project has created 40 new full-time jobs in Tasmania, including at least 24 jobs at Elphinstone and additional jobs throughout the local supply chain.

Transit Australia Group chief executive officer Michael McGee says the Tasmania project is an exciting one for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

“We are delighted that the Tasmanian Government has recognised the superior build and weight reductions associated with our innovative XDI manufactured chassis,” he says.

“It’s also great to see them support and encourage local jobs and skills growth in advanced manufacturing.

“Adding Tasmania to the mix provides unique opportunities to further develop our strategic supply chain.”

Elphinstone executive general manager Lee Whiteley says the project will strengthen the company’s position and broaden manufacturing facilities.

“The advanced manufacturing training and skills developed through the Metro project, together with our existing expertise, will be important in securing other opportunities in similar markets and sectors,” he says.

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