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Scottish bus-builder buys Plaxton

SCOTTISH BUS-builder, Alexander Dennis (ADL), has bought Scarborough coach-maker, Plaxton Holdings in a deal worth around £40m.

The new firm, which will operate as ADL, will employ 1,900 people and means the Scots bus building firm is now the largest in the UK, making around 2,000 double and single decker vehicles a year.

Plaxton currently employs more than 500 people at its Scarborough and Anston facilities and makes bodies for nearly a third of all new coaches registered in the UK. It was bought-out of administration by the management in 2004

ADL was formed three years ago when the business was rescued from administration. It currently employs 1,400 people in Falkirk and Guildford, Surrey, and boasts 40% of the UK bus market.
SOURCE: Autowired
 

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Weren't they both connected to Mayflower?
Yes ,they were part of Mayflower before the collapse. Alexander Dennis was saved by a consortium which included stagecoach owner Brian Souter and Rangers FC owner David Murray.

Good luck to them ,not only are their sales great in the UK ,they're also exporting loads of stuff too.
 

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Alexander Dennis expects 40% sales increase in 2008

autoindustry.co.uk 4th December 2007

The British bus maker Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) expects to increase its manufacturing capacity by nearly half in the next few months, thanks to an order book worth £160 million and the creation of 200 new jobs across the UK. Chief Executive Colin Robertson says he is confident of increasing turnover by over 40% year-on-year to £300 million in 2008.

Orders for over 180 of the new ADL Enviro300 buses, worth over £20m, are reported to be in the pipeline. The Enviro300 provides improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and is available at 12m and 12.5-metres. On ADL’s own chassis, it comes with seven interior layout options and passenger capacities ranging from 48 to 80. The vehicle will also be available on MAN A69 and Volvo B7LRE bus chassis. New ADL products planned for 2008 include an extended three-axle Enviro500 bus for North America and other overseas markets, capable of carrying 100 passengers, which is now undergoing trials in the USA.

ADL is also engaged on an ‘Ecotura’s (eco-journey) hybrid bus project in the UK, in collaboration with BAE Systems. The two companies have together done 14 years of hybrid development work and completed 20 million miles of hybrid in-service trials. “From the spring of next year,” says Colin Robertson, “we will progressively introduce double deck and midi bus hybrids into London (six of each), moving towards full production models in late 2008/early 2009. We remain on course to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 and NOX (nitrogen oxide) emissions by over 30% - and, given the right volume of sales, we can expect a steady move towards more affordable pricing.”

ADL is seeking to recruit a further 100 jobs at Scarborough, 60 at Falkirk and 40 in various other operations in the UK and abroad. It employs almost 2,000 people at production facilities in Falkirk, Stirlingshire; Scarborough and Anston, in Yorkshire; and Guildford, in Surrey. It has sales and support teams based in Hong Kong and the USA.
 
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