ABC (Australia) - - FEA­TURE NZ EX­PORT -

“Coach De­sign builds for five other NZ-based com­pa­nies and all the coaches are of sim­i­lar spec and all the cus­tomers are just as fussy,” he laughed, cheek­ily.

CD’s Kiwi clients in­clude: Clarks, Green­line, Mus­son’s, Leisure Time Tours, THL Group and Bayes, with a few more on the radar.

“They are all North Is­land-based com­pa­nies, but most of the tour work is in the South Is­land. They ferry them down in Septem­ber and bring them back in April when the sum­mer ses­sion is fin­ished.

“We have an­other Sca­nia K124 for Leisure Time Tours about to go to the paint shop and they want it ASAP be­cause the sea­son is about to kick off,” Jamieson said.

TRANS-TAS­MAN DIF­FER­ENCES

You’d be cor­rect in think­ing Aus­tralian ADRs and bus-build­ing stan­dards are some of the tough­est in the world, so it of­ten freaks out a few peo­ple to hear there seems to be a bit more scope for what can run on the roads of a neigh­bour so close.

As Jamieson ex­plained, “NZ is more flex­i­ble with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards than Aus­tralia. NZ al­lowed rear tag-axle steer years be­fore Aus­tralia al­lowed it, although all the Aussie body builders are hop­ing Aus­tralia does not al­low the 2.550mm be­cause it will open the gates to a lot more

Euro­pean im­ports. It has only been in the past 12 months that NZ al­lowed the 2.550mm [limit].”

GET­TING IT LANDED

With such ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing for the NZ mar­ket, Coach De­sign is a mas­ter in help­ing get these projects im­ported and landed in their des­ti­na­tions. How’s it work?

“The client usu­ally ar­ranges the ship­ping, but we also have to play a role in all that. You have to be li­cenced to take ve­hi­cles to the in­ter­na­tional ship­ping wharf fol­lowed by a stack of pa­per­work. I think that ship­ping and in­sur­ance costs are around $7,000,” he said.

“In the case of the Sca­nia buy­ers, in NZ they or­der the chas­sis from a com­pany called Ca­ble Price, which is the Sca­nia dealer in Auck­land. Once the or­ders are ready to be shipped they come to Bris­bane di­rectly from Swe­den.

“It is prob­a­bly a process we all take for granted now, but it all just hap­pens.”

Above: Pow­ered by a Sca­nia engine/ chas­sis combo.Be­low:An Aus­tralian del­e­gate in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.