ADL repurposes Larbert factory to increase zero-emission manufacturing capability

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The Larbert site that will see further expansion. ALEXANDER DENNIS

Alexander Dennis has announced plans to expand its Larbert head office and facility into a manufacturing site for the future. The Larbert site will focus on the production of the new Enviro400EV zero-emission bus from August 2023, assembling the next-generation body on the new Alexander Dennis battery-electric chassis. The decision follows a successful pilot programme to build Enviro400FCEV hydrogen fuel cell buses in Larbert.

Growing its UK-wide manufacturing footprint to meet increasing demand for decarbonisation of public transport, Alexander Dennis explained that the Larbert expansion converts existing warehouse space into production lines and supports its over 690 green manufacturing jobs in Scotland. The Alexander Dennis head office remains at Larbert and work has already been completed to revamp the site’s office space to equip it for its future in what the firm described as a more flexible environment that brings together key business teams and maximises utilisation under the hybrid working arrangements that are now standard across its business. The changes in Larbert are part of a company-wide modernisation journey that started with the opening of the new Farnborough facility in 2022 and which will continue in coming years as further members of the next generation of zero-emission buses are added to the Alexander Dennis portfolio.

Alexander Dennis President & Managing Director Paul Davies said: “Over the past couple of years we have been laser focused on a modernisation agenda, underpinned by significant investment in our people, our products and our facilities. We not only need to future-proof our manufacturing capabilities for the ZEvolution but we also need to ensure that we create the best possible working environment in which our people can excel. This is another step on our Alexander Dennis journey to build a sustainable company for the future, with zero-emission buses being at the core of the repurposed and upgraded Larbert site.

“This marks another exciting milestone in our progress and development as a business and continues to define the Alexander Dennis zero-emission range as a serious catalyst for change in the UK bus industry.”