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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.

WEB­SITE: www.bustech.net.au

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