Wrightbus will build 415 double-decker buses for Singapore’s SBS Transit as part of a new contract worth £30m.
The deal, already the fourth between Wrightbus and the south-east Asian bus and rail company, will see the North-Irish firm deliver the buses in partnership with Volvo Bus over the next three years.
Since 2011, Wrightbus has delivered more than 1,000 buses to Singapore from its manufacturing plant in Ballymena, County Antrim. Wrightbus supplies the buses in kit form to Singapore and other markets in Asia, including Hong Kong, from its Ballymena base. The vehicles are then assembled by local engineering companies.
"Featuring the distinctive and stylish Wrightbus body, these tri-axle, air conditioned, 12m buses have been specifically developed and designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Singapore climate and high passenger numbers,” said Steve Harper, business development director for Wrightbus International.
"This latest order is part of SBS Transit's on-going programme to completely renew its fleet and provide 'greener' vehicles for the benefit of passengers and the wider Singaporean environment."
He said the 1,430 vehicles which will be on the road by 2017 will be fully supported to SBS Transit's exacting standards.
Stormont enterprise minister Arlene Foster said: "The firm is clearly reaping the benefits of its continued investment in new product development and cutting edge design.
"Its continuing success in winning contracts reflects the company's focus on innovation and export marketing which has resulted in it becoming a significant player across a range of international markets."