UK to Mexico dou­bledecker ex­port deal

Bus ex­port deal gets the royal treat­ment and a Bri­tish Govern­ment sub­sidy

ABC (Australia) - - SUPPLY LINES - Pic­tured: One of the 90 buses ready for ex­port

Alexander Dennis Lim­ited (ADL) is set to de­liver 90 lowe­mis­sion dou­ble-deck buses to Mexico City.

The or­der from Metrobús,  rst an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2015, has been ADL’s big­gest sin­gle deal from a sin­gle cus­tomer in a brand­new mar­ket.

United King­dom Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May vis­ited the Bri­tish bus and coach man­u­fac­turer to an­nounce ex­port  nance sup­port for Bri­tish busi­nesses more broadly and to cel­e­brate the ma­jor or­der re­cently.

This con­tract is sup­ported by the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade, whose UK Ex­port Fi­nance agency made a £44 mil­lion  nance deal avail­able to ADL re­cently, as part of a wider £1.7 bil­lion pro­gramme of sup­port for UK com­pa­nies in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

ADL chief ex­ec­u­tive Colin Robert­son wel­comed the an­nounce­ment say­ing it was an hon­our to have the Prime Min­is­ter on site to an­nounce govern­ment sup­port for ex­port­ing busi­nesses like ADL.

“Our abil­ity to of­fer  nance from UK Ex­port Fi­nance in Mex­i­can Pe­sos was a signicant benet to our buyer, help­ing us win this ma­jor con­tract,” he says.

The high- ca­pac­ity En­viro500 buses will ease road con­ges­tion and – thanks to low- emis­sion en­gines meet­ing strict emis­sion stan­dards – will im­prove streetlevel air qual­ity on the Paseo de la Re­forma boule­vard in Mexico City.

“Any con­tract of this size is im­por­tant for us to win,” Robert­son says.

“It al­lows us to con­tinue to in­vest in peo­ple, pro­cesses and prod­ucts, which will help us se­cure the jobs of our 2100 team mem­bers in the United King­dom and many more in the sup­ply chain, as well as to con­tinue to de­velop our in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer base.”

ADL is Bri­tain’s big­gest bus and coach man­u­fac­turer. It em­ploys 2500 peo­ple and sup­ports a fur­ther 1500 through build part­ner­ships in Europe, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Mexico, the USA and Canada.

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