Yearly Archives: 2005


Australian Supplier of the Year

In its 50th anniversary year Custom Coaches has been awarded the prestigious ‘2005 Supplier of the Year’ by the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC).

The award is judged nationally, taking into account the support provided not only to bus operators but also to the state and national associations.

In accepting the award, Custom Coaches CEO, Mark Burgess, stated that it was an honour to receive Australia’s only national suppliers award.

“The fact that we have been recognised for our nationwide service, our nationwide support of the industry at large, is a true honour. The award is a reflection of the daily effort and commitment Custom Coaches staff provide in our service centres and manufacturing plants across Australia”, Mark added.

In addition to the delivery of new vehicles, plus Custom Care’s after-sales service, Custom Coaches is a proud contributor to industry associations across Australia. 2005 saw a number of high quality exhibitions and events in celebration of the company’s 50th. This is in addition to the company’s constant participation in association and working groups.

Custom Coaches efforts were well outlined by a spokesman from the Tas Bus Association, one of the parties that nominated the company.

“The commitment given by the company to our state and continued support for the association in times when there is no real return in sales has been consistent and very much appreciated”, he stated.

“The company, Custom Coaches, has acquired several well known body builders over the years and the personnel from these companies who are regulars to the Tasmanian AGM/Conference is an important part of the relations between suppliers, operators and the State Associations.

The Tasmanian Bus Association would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Custom Coaches on 50 years of operation and wish them well for the future”, he concluded.

2005 Sydney Buses Articulated Bus

2005 saw the world’s first production of the Volvo B12BLEA articulated chassis, and the first full low floor articulated bus built by Custom Coaches. Custom Coaches are building 80 articulated buses, the largest order for artics ever in Australia. These vehicles also represent the safest and most technically advanced buses in Australia. They are designed with two wheelchair positions, are fully air-conditioned and come complete with 6 CCTV digital cameras. The construction includes stainless steel frame and fibreglass panels for maximum life. These 18m long buses will operate throughout Sydney.

Ventura’s Investment

Ventura Bus Lines and the Victorian Government have invested $14.1 million in 36 new Custom Coaches bodied MAN 15.220 buses, giving commuters in the Northern and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne further incentive to choose public transport.

On 7th July, Victorian Transport Minister, Peter Batchelor released the first 24 of 36 new low floor buses for Ventura’s new National Bus network.

“These vehicles are designed to encourage commuters to choose public transport as a dependable, friendly alternative to the car,” said Ventura’s Bus Service manager, Ron Hamilton. Read more »

CB60 C-Max Low Floor Citybus

The CB60 has reached its next stage of EVOLUTION with the CB60 C-Max providing increased capacity for operators. The “C-Max” refers to Maximum Capacity, this means more passengers and better efficiencies.

The heavy duty CB60 low floor has a range of removable body panels, ergonomically designed driver’s area and an uncluttered interior, providing the ultimate in accessibility for both operators and passengers alike.

A result of extensive research and development, combined with the highest standards of manufacturing, the CB60 is the operator’s hard working asset, built to be on the road, not in the workshop. The CB60 body can be built on all major low floor chassis.