Wrights Group Commended For Innovative Approach To Manufacturing And Design

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has commended Ballymena bus builder Wrights Group Ltd for its innovative approach to manufacturing and design.

Minister Bell said: "Wrightbus has become synonymous with innovation, excellence and cutting edge research and development.
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"The Ballymena-built iconic 'New Routemaster Bus' is instantly recognisable right around the world. As well as featuring in the James Bond movie 'Skyfall', it has quite rightly been used as the flagship symbol of the ‘Great’ campaign, advertising all that is good about industry in GB and Northern Ireland. As well as employing almost 2,000 people across the Group, Wrights is strategically important to the local supply chain, sourcing around £40m per annum from Northern Ireland companies."

Wrightbus manufactures buses and mass transit vehicles for all sectors of the market, and had pioneered the application of hybrid-electric and zero emission drivelines to reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality.

Minister Bell continued: "By continually investing in its future, Wrightbus has ensured that it remains a market leader and this is paying dividends in terms of establishing the firm as a significant player across a range of global export markets, including Hong Kong, Singapore and India."

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