KING LONG BUS AUSTRALIA CLOSES

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy HVA/Cristian Brunelli


BREAKING: Australian bus entity Heavy Vehicles Australia Pty Ltd (HVA) - aka King Long Australia Pty Ltd - has closed, the company has officially announced, confirming months of industry rumours.

KING LONG BUS AUSTRALIA CLOSES
HVA says anyone seeking further King Long Australia-related information should contact the King Long factory directly in China.

According to information issued electronically from the company, it says after 12 years as the King Long distributor in Australia, HVA is no longer that distributor and, "… as a result have closed their doors for business, and all staff have been made redundant."

"The King Long Xiamen (China) factory is currently working to appoint a new distributor as soon as possible to enable the continued support of the King Long product and a further announcement will be made once a new distributor has been appointed."

"In the meantime arrangements are being made with Multispares to supply King Long parts to the Australian market nationally and should be available by next week."

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CONTACT STATUS

When ABC magazine tried contacting the Epping, Victoria-based HVA recently for its monthly bus delivery data, it did not receive a response at first. An automated email response outlining the above was eventually received.

HVA states until a new distributor is appointed, anyone seeking further King Long Australia-related information should contact Harvey Zheng, Rachel Ma, or Odom Wu at the King Long factory directly in China.

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ABOUT KING LONG

Founded in 1988, King Long has grown to become one of the largest bus and coach builders in the world, it states.

Based in Xiamen, China, King Long operates a network of manufacturing plants, of which the main plant is the largest bus manufacturing plant in the world, it explains.

King Long has the technology and capacity to produce almost any type of vehicle whilst handling large volumes at world-class quality level, it says.

Since its establishment, King Long has achieved an annual average sales growth of 34 per cent, producing more than 250,000 buses accumulatively. In 2013, King Long (excluding its subsidiaries) sold 32,824 buses of various types, with a sales turnover exceeding RMB 9.081 billion, including an overseas sales turnover of over RMB 2.1 billion, it explains.

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