30/06/2010

Foster Celebrates Contract 'On The Buses'

The Stormont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has gone 'on the buses' to make the announcement that the Co Antrim-based Wright Group has secured contracts worth £7.4m for an innovative bus design.

Ballymena's Wright Group will supply Mistral Group (UK) with 60 of its new StreetLite buses, developed with support from Invest Northern Ireland, in a contract worth £6m and has also won an order worth £1.4m to deliver 12 more to Isle of Man Transport.

The Minister said: "Today we are not only able to see the latest cutting edge design to result from recent investments in R&D, we are also able to celebrate the success of these projects for The Wright Group with a £7.4m order.

"Clearly, the Wright Group's investments in innovation are now bearing fruit and will continue to support the future growth of the company."

A ground-breaking design, the new StreetLite product, which services both urban and rural routes, offers more seats than any other vehicle in its class and marks a new level of vehicle quality and innovation from The Wright Group.

Mark Nodder, Wright Group boss, added: "The assistance and support received from Invest NI have been invaluable in accelerating our plans for new product developments and training.

"Today marks an important milestone for us as we unveil the latest innovation in the product range.

"Building on our recent successes in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, this new addition will add another dimension to our product offering and as has already been proven with the Mistral Group order, it will support the creation of future export sales," he said.

(BMcC/GK)

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