Monthly Archives: February 2010


CB80 Design Awards

The Custom Coaches New Generation CB80 has been short listed for the Australian International Design Awards.

The Australian International Design Awards, a division of Standards Australia, is Australia’s peak design assessment and promotion body, and is recognised for its important role in fostering a culture of design and innovation in Australia.

The CB80 has been short listed in the Automotive & Transport section which includes powered vehicles, automotive components and accessories, public and other modes of transport and is the only entry representing the bus industry.

The New Generation CB80 is the latest low floor city design from Custom Coaches and represents a new standard in operational efficiency, engineering through cutting edge design technology and the very latest in automotive materials.

The CB80 now faces scrutiny from a multidisciplinary panel of Australian and international judges who will gather in Sydney to give each entry a thorough assessment as they inspect, test, interact and pull apart each of the entries. During the two-week assessment period, judges will assess each product against a common set of criteria including innovation, visual and emotional appeal, functionality, quality of manufacturing, human factors (ergonomics, semantics and safety) and environmental sustainability.

The winners of the 2010 Australian International Design Awards, including the 2010 Australian International Design Award of the Year, will be announced on Friday 4 June in Sydney.

The CB80 represents a very exciting time for Custom Coaches and the Australian bus industry.

New Era for Custom Coaches

Custom Coaches NSW, head office & manufacturing plant, has started relocating to a new site in Sydney Western suburbs, 44 Biloela Street Villawood NSW 2163. The relocation will be rolled out in stages, allowing production and services to continue with minimal disruption.

Custom Coaches has been located at the existing Smithfield site since 1975 and whilst it is not an easy decision to leave the site that holds such strong historical ties, the move is required to enhance significant restructuring to the design and production procedure.

“The Sturt Street site has served the company well over the last 35 years. It remains four different factories on one site and we need one homogenous plant fully designed to achieve the production efficiencies & quality targets for our company today & in the future” according to Mark Burgess, CEO Custom Coaches. “Our future lies in providing innovative, high quality & competitive products for the Australian Bus Industry and the new Villawood plant will play a significant role in our future success” Mark concluded. Read more »