Probably now best known in modern times for its landmark CDI 12.5-metre double-decker bus, the award-winning Bustech – the manufacturing arm of Transit Australia Group – has done some amazing things in terms of design and innovation in the Australian bus market.
As the company explains, Bustech was founded in 1995 by the directors of Gold Coast bus operator Surfside Buslines. Frustrated by a lack of innovation and limited body-building options available at the time, Bustech decided to design and build its own fleet of quality buses.
From its very first bus, the ground-breaking VST model with its light weight, low floor and greater seating capacity, right through to today’s highly advanced models like the MDI and XDI, Bustech has continued to raise the bar, it states.
In January 2018, Anthony Roder was appointed as CEO – timing well for him to steer the company through two major deals it had acquired: in 2017 it secured a AUD$45 million contract to supply Metro Tasmania with 100 low-emission buses, partnering with Tasmanian company Elphinstone to utilise local capabilities while providing a boost to local manufacturing.
And then in a similar alliance with South Australian company Precision Components it secured a $2 million state government grant to build environmentally friendly buses – including operational electric urban buses – for trial across Adelaide’s public transport network. The partnership, Precision Buses, is now producing buses for inter-state clients.