Yearly Archives: 2008

Press Release: NSW bus manufacturer, Custom Coaches, is increasing production capacity to meet NSW increasing public transport demands.

After carefully considering current economic pressures, fuel prices, congestion and increased patronage projections, Custom Coaches is planning to increase capacity by around 50% from its plant in Western Sydney in NSW.

In addition to the orders Custom Coaches NSW already has with Leading Private Operators and State Transit, the local bus manufacturer is planning for additional capacity to meet any extra demands NSW faces.

Custom Coaches CEO, Mark Burgess, stated “This investment in production capacity would see the Custom Coaches workforce expand to around 700, with a potential 150 new jobs created in NSW alone”.

“These additional jobs would include bodybuilders, welders, spray-painters and auto-electricians, as well as a range of new apprenticeships on top of the 50 apprentices we already employ”, Burgess added.

These new jobs at Custom Coaches would further stimulate the NSW job market, with potentially four times more jobs created according to local sub-suppliers with whom these plans have been discussed.

Supporting this manufacturing expansion is a technology drive, with a host of planned capital investments. The first of these investments in computer aided engineering programmes and automated manufacturing equipment has been planned for some time and will be coming online before the year’s end.

“In this uncertain economic climate, with growing social pressures, Custom Coaches has confidence in the future of NSW and has taken the opportunity to invest into the future transport needs of the state and the needs of the people of NSW” Burgess concluded.

For further information
Mark Burgess, Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Jackson, Sales & Marketing Director

Custom Coaches celebrate 7,500 buses.

Custom Coaches chose a festive setting to celebrate the delivery of their 7,500 bus. At the BCA Conference gala dinner Mark Burgess, Custom Coaches Managing Director, took to the stage to announce this significant milestone.

“In our 53rd year of building bus bodies it is with particular satisfaction that I acknowledge Busways as the recipient of our 7,500 bus”, Mark announced.

“We are proud to have supported the Australian bus industry since 1955. We have grown with the industry. We have grown with our clients”, he added.

It was a humble announcement from Custom Coaches. If bus deliveries were included from the companies they have acquired over the years, the total number would be well over 14,000 vehicles. Read more »