VDL Bus & Coach has set up a new organisation to be present in the United Kingdom. With this direct presence, the manufacturer will have a stronger focus on what is one of the largest bus and coach markets in Western Europe.
While VDL Bus & Coach UK’s focus will initially be on the Futura coach models already offered in the country, the manufacturer’s increased presence in the UK market means that the MidEuro and MidCity models could be introduced in future. It also plans to investigate the viability of its public transport bus models in the UK, including the popular Citea Electric which has sold well elsewhere in Europe.
The existence of the new UK company will allow VDL to optimise its parts activities for customers better had been possible previously. The new firm has a local warehouse in the UK and a newly appointed dedicated team, complimenting the enormous VDL Parts head office in Veldhoven, where more than 40,000 items are in stock.
VDL Bus & Coach UK will be operating from premises in Barnsley and is led by Interim Director Darren Dowsett. Darren is already working within the VDL Groep as Managing Director of VDL Steelweld UK.