Axalta Coating Systems has announced a strategic partnership with government and private sector passenger vehicle manufacturer Bustech to become its strategic coatings supplier. The two companies will work closely to “develop an innovative product portfolio and paint processes to ensure exceptional quality and timely delivery”.
“As a market leader in Australia, Axalta fits well with the requirements of Bustech – to be a partner that is tuned into delivering quality products and solutions to meet customer requirements,” said Steven Brett, Managing Director, Axalta Australia and New Zealand. “With more than 150 years of expertise in the paint and coatings industry, we can leverage our global experience to deliver local solutions to the Bustech team and its customers in Australia.”
Based in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Bustech is Australia’s largest privately-owned bus manufacturer, designing, engineering and manufacturing chassis and bodies for mass passenger vehicles. The company has an established factory facility with a production capacity of 250 buses per annum, and says that 95 per cent of all parts and components for its buses are sourced from local Australian suppliers, delivering unmatched economic development and sustainability for Australia.
Bustech is owned by the Australian Bus Corporation, which also owns Precision Buses based in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia. Through this partnership, Axalta plans to also work with Precision Buses in its Adelaide facility to replicate the model it has with Bustech.
“Axalta’s experience in the commercial vehicle industry gives us great confidence that they will be able to provide the necessary products and support as we continue to build on the strong platform we have, positioning ourselves for future product development with our strategic partners,” said Thinus Steyn, CEO of Bustech. “We are confident this partnership will help us continue to be a leading supplier of government and private sector passenger vehicles in Australia.”