International award win for Alexander Dennis Ltd

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Alexander Dennis Ltd has been recognised for its achievements in international markets at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry International Awards.

Scotland’s International Awards, held in the Emirates Arena, home of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, recognise the global ambitions and successes of Scotland’s leading internationally-focused companies.

The Barclays Award for Outstanding International Achievement in Manufacturing was presented to ADL by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in recognition of the company’s international achievement in manufacturing.

In five years ADL has tripled its turnover to £500m. The manufacturer employs around 2,000 people at facilities in the UK, continental Asia and North America.

The company now assembles buses in China and is exploring new opportunities in Australia alongside established markets such as Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand and The Philippines.

Colin Robertson, CEO, said: “We are passionate about listening to our customers, understanding their wants and needs – and building vehicles which make a difference, enhancing both the passenger experience and the bottom line of our customers. Our success is also a resounding vote of confidence in our skilled, Scottish engineers, who continually raise the bar and set the standard for the industry.”

Award partner, Ally Scott, Managing Director Corporate Banking, Barclays Scotland, said: “Alexander Dennis Ltd is an inspiring example of a business which has truly grasped the opportunities international trade offers.

“Through strategic acquisitions and joint ventures the company has implemented its ambitious globalisation strategy to impressive effect, tripling its turnover in the process.

“Manufacturing is a vital contributor to our economy and a sector in which Scotland has built a notable reputation. At a time when many of our traditional European export markets are stretched, commercially astute manufacturers like Alexander Dennis are making an impact in alternative markets.”