Kuala Lumpur, 15 March 2016 - Sime Darby Industrial, a leading distributor of premium heavy equipment, recently celebrated the production of its 1,000th unit of Alexander Dennis bus chassis via its joint venture subsidiary Terberg Terminal Tractors Sdn Bhd (TTM).
TTM undertook a symbolic handover of the 1,000th unit to Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), with the British High Commissioner as the guest of honour at its manufacturing facility in Pasir Gudang. Also present on behalf of Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd was its Managing Director, Mr Chong Kwea Seng.
Commenting on the auspicious occasion, Mr Chong said, “The finished ADL buses are exported throughout the region to markets like Hong Kong and New Zealand where public transportation is world-class. We are also proud to play a role in expanding the public transportation footprint in Malaysia; ADL buses are a mainstay in Prasarana Malaysia Berhad’s public transportation operations, with double decker buses plying high-traffic routes in Klang Valley.”
“We have been receiving a very encouraging response from the market with regards to the ADL line of buses and look forward to increasing our manufacturing capacity in tandem with the demand. We fully support the government’s objective in making public transportation more accessible and environmentally sustainable.”
Pioneer of both low floor double deck and midi bus concepts, ADL has brought this expertise to Malaysia with the successful launch of a fleet of lightweight, fuel efficient, and environmentally friendly Euro compliant vehicles.
“We are honoured to be chosen by Alexander Dennis, the fastest growing bus and coach builder in Western Europe and we are proud to be the manufacturer of choice in South East Asia with more than a thousand chassis units under our belt,” added Mr Chong.
Paul Davies, Director & General Manager Asia Pacific, Alexander Dennis Asia Pacific noted: “We are proud to be celebrating this milestone achievement with the production of the 1,000th chassis from Sime Darby’s Terberg Tractors Malaysia facility. Since we entered into partnership with TTM in 2012, we have been impressed by their expertise, skillset and commitment to help ADL grow in the Asia Pacific region.”
“At ADL, we have experience with build alliances and joint ventures around the world from North America to New Zealand as this approach is a key strategic piece of our business model facilitating rapid deployment into new markets. However to make this work, it is critical to our mutual success to select a partner who shares our vision of delivering class-leading, reliable vehicles with maximum uptime. TTM has proven to us that they do, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with them in the future as we bring fuel efficient, accessible vehicles to the most congested cities in the region,” concluded Mr Davies.
The deal with ADL was signed in June 2012 and TTM began manufacturing the first order of 136 units bound for New Zealand. In July 2015, a total of 216 units of Enviro200 were built at its manufacturing facility in Pasir Gudang, Johor. TTM has since been aggressively expanding its capabilities to cater to the rising demand.
“On the business front, we are confident of continuing to expand our collaboration with ADL in the coming months. There are strong growth prospects in Asia Pacific region. We look forward to strengthening our manufacturing capabilities to cater to the rising demand,” he said.
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About Sime Darby
Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantation, industrial equipment, motors, property and energy & utilities. Founded in 1910, its business divisions seek to create positive benefits in the economy, environment and society where it has a presence.
With a workforce of 132,000 employees in 26 countries and 4 territories, Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders. It is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalisation of RM47.41 billion (USD 11.49 billion) as at 14 March 2016.
About Terberg Tractors Malaysia JV
Terberg Tractors Malaysia (TTM) is a joint venture company between Terberg Beheer BV, Holland and Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd. Terberg Beheer BV is a 140 year old group of companies specialising in design and manufacture of special vehicles based in The Netherlands.
TTM was established in 2005 to develop the Asia Pacific market for Terberg terminal tractors Model YT180 and 220. Currently, more than 1,000 units of terminal tractors have been sold to various ports’ operators in over 45 countries. In November 2005, TTM signed a Manufacturing Agreement with Tractors Manufacturing & Assembly Sdn Bhd to be the appointed manufacturer of Terberg machine for the region.
About Alexander Dennis Limited
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is one of the world’s leading bus and coach builders with a history and heritage of design, engineering and manufacturing excellence that spans more than a century. ADL is the only bus manufacturer in the world with a comprehensive range of easy-access, single deck, two-axle and three-axle double decks, including hybrid options. ADL is absolute double deck and midi bus market leader in various global markets including the UK and Hong Kong, as well as forming the backbone of many fleets in international cities across North America, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.
ADL’s origins are in the UK where it employs around 2,000 people but it also has extensive operations, build partnerships and alliances in Hong Kong, China, Asia Pacific and North America, supporting a further 2,000 jobs collectively.
Alexander Dennis (Asia Pacific) Limited is responsible for the sales, support and assembly of double deck buses for the entire Asia Pacific region, where Alexander Dennis buses form the backbone of some of the world’s largest passenger transport operations.
In Hong Kong alone where ADL is market leader, over 4,200 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses carry 4 million passengers every day. Manoeuvrable and agile on the congested, hilly terrain of the city, these buses work for more than 18 hours per day carrying maximum passenger loads in extremely humid conditions without missing a beat.