By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Axalta

AUSTRALIAN body builder Bustech, now part of Australian Bus Corporation, has announced a strategic partnership with leading paint and coatings supplier Axalta, recently.

Through this partnership Axalta will also work with Precision Buses in its Adelaide facility replicating the model it has with Bustech, the company explains.

With extensive experience in supplying coatings to the commercial market globally Axalta is, "…well positioned to meet the needs of Bustech today and into the future," the global supplier of liquid and powder coatings confirms.

This strategic partnership with Bustech - supplier of government bus and public transport private sector passenger vehicles - involves more than just the delivery of paint, Axalta states. The companies will work closely together to develop an innovative product portfolio and paint processes to ensure exceptional quality and timely delivery, it says.

"As a market leader in Australia, Axalta fits well with the requirements of Bustech, to be a partner that is tuned into delivering quality products and solutions to meet customer requirements," said Steven Brett, managing director, Axalta Australia and New Zealand.

"With more than 150 years of expertise in the paint and coatings industry, we can leverage our global experience to deliver local solutions to the Bustech team and its customers in Australia."

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Bustech, based at Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast, is Australia’s largest privately-owned bus manufacturer, it states. Designing, engineering and manufacturing chassis and bodies for mass passenger vehicles, 95 per cent of all parts and components are sourced from local Australian suppliers, it explains, delivering "…unmatched economic development and sustainability for Australia".

Bustech is owned by the Australian Bus Corporation, which also owns Precision Buses based in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia. Through this partnership Axalta will also work with Precision Buses in its Adelaide facility replicating the model it has with Bustech, the company explains.

"Axalta’s experience in the commercial vehicle industry gives us great confidence that they will be able to provide the necessary products and support as we continue to build on the strong platform we have, positioning ourselves for future product development with our strategic partners," said Thinus Steyn, CEO, Bustech.

"We are confident this partnership will help us continue to be a leading supplier of government and private sector passenger vehicles in Australia."

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Axalta Coating Systems is a global leader in the coatings industry, providing customers with innovative, colourful, beautiful and sustainable coatings solutions, it states.

From light vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, building facades and other industrial applications, Axalta’s coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enhance durability, it adds.

With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the global team at Axalta continues to find ways to serve its more than 100,000 customers in excess of 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology, Axalta states.



Bustech – 100 per cent Australian owned and operated - designs, engineers and manufactures chassis and bodies for mass passenger vehicles, it states.

The bus body manufacturer has an established factory facility, with a production capacity of 250 buses per annum and also has joint-venture arrangements in South Australia with Precision Buses and in Tasmania with Elphinstone, supplementing the overall capacity for the ABC group by 100 and 50 buses per annum, respectively, it states.

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