VEN­TURA EX­TENDS VOL­GREN BUS SUP­PLY AGREE­MENT

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MEL­BOURNE’S LARGEST bus op­er­a­tor, Ven­tura Bus Lines, has ex­tended its bus sup­ply agree­ment with Aus­tralia’s largest bus body builder, Vol­gren, for four years.

Un­der the new sup­ply con­tract, Vol­gren will de­liver a min­i­mum of 21 route buses, built pri­mar­ily on Sca­nia chas­sis, each year un­til 2022.

Michael Hourn, Ven­tura’s gen­eral man­ager for Fleet and Main­te­nance, said the new deal would be a first for the com­pany, whose pro­cure­ment com­mit­tee has pre­vi­ously re­viewed sup­ply agree­ments on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“Tra­di­tion­ally we go through the process ev­ery two years to max­imise pur­chas­ing power; how­ever, this time around our pro­cure­ment com­mit­tee were open to longer agree­ments than two years. Any­where up to four years.”

Hourn says with a num­ber of key per­son­nel on its pro­cure­ment com­mit­tee, it con­sid­ers price in con­junc­tion with qual­ity.

“We look at run rate. And by that we mean: are we happy with the prod­uct? And we’re re­ally happy with the prod­uct. We buy the best prod­uct for the best price.”

“The Op­ti­mus low-floor is an ex­cel­lent city bus and it’s widely recog­nised as one of the bet­ter prod­ucts go­ing around.

“The new buses will in­clude some new anti-van­dal­ism mea­sures in­clud­ing a spray-on coat­ing which will pre­vent [graf­fiti] ink from ac­tu­ally stay­ing on, It’s quite ex­cit­ing, al­though it’s early days.”

Hourn says the seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion will also be mod­i­fied; a change he thinks will make a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in low­er­ing cus­tomer falls.

Above: Vol­gren will de­liver a min­i­mum of 21 route buses, built pri­mar­ily on Sca­nia chas­sis, each year un­til 2022, to Ven­tura.

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