Ballymena based Wrightbus lands Hong Kong orders

Wrightbus has secured two major contracts from overseas customers in Hong Kong.

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) has ordered 150 buses from the Ballymena manufacturer, while its sister company, LongWin Bus, is taking a further 10. All are double-decker vehicles with Wrightbus bodywork and Volvo chassis.

The company has also received an order for seven buses for New World First Bus (NWFB) and 46 from its sister company City Bus Ltd.

The new contracts bring the total number of bus bodywork orders won by the company in Hong Kong to 484 units over the past two years.

The vehicles will be manufactured at the new Wrightbus campus in Gracehill, Ballymena, and will be among the first to be produced and delivered from the renovated factory.

In announcing the Hong Kong orders, Group Business & Product Development Director John McLeister, said: “We are honoured to receive these two new orders from our long-standing customers in Hong Kong. Working closely with our partners Volvo, we have supplied almost 1500 double-deckers for operation in Hong Kong since we shipped the first bus in 2001.

“The Hong Kong double-deckers will be manufactured at our facility in Ballymena and will provide a real boost for our workforce and the local economy.”