UK to Mexico doubledecker export deal
Bus export deal gets the royal treatment and a British Government subsidy
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 signicant benet 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.