Volgren

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Volgren Australia
Type Private
Industry Bus manufacturing
Founded 1977
Headquarters Dandenong
Number of locations Dandenong
Malaga
Eagle Farm
Key people Peter Dale
(Managing Director)
Revenue $207.1 million (June 2011)
Employees 560 (June 2011)
Parent Marcopolo
Website www.volgren.com.au

Volgren is an Australian bus bodybuilder.

History[edit]

Volgren was formed in 1977 by Melbourne bus operator Grenda Corporation in Dandenong, Victoria.[1] Because Grenda held the Volvo Buses dealership in Victoria, only chassis from this manufacturer were bodied until 1989 when the dealership was relinquished.[2]

The name is a portmanteau of the two original investors, Volvo and Grenda.

In 1981 a plant was established in Acacia Ridge, Queensland by Grenda Corporation, Hornibrook Bus Lines's Geoff Mountjoy, Greyhound Northern and Stateliner. It bodied some Volvo B59 and B10Rs for Hornibrook Bus Lines and Surfside Buslines before concentrating on Twin and Double Deck Volvo B10M coaches.[3][4] This closed in the late 1980s.

In December 2011 Volgren was sold to Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo.[5]

Manufacturing facilities[edit]

Current factories:

Former factories:

Asian operators[edit]

Volgren have bodied a number of buses for Asian operators:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Volgren Australia Pty Ltd - 2006 Inductee Greater Dandenong
  2. ^ "Industry News" Australian Bus Panorama 4/6 May 1989 page 5
  3. ^ Geoff Mountjoy National Road Transport Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Volgren Queensland (Acacia Ridge) Production Volvodemort
  5. ^ Volgren Press Release Volgren 13 December 2011
  6. ^ Grenda Corporation - Heritage Fleet Bus Australia Fleet Lists
  7. ^ "Volgren, Malaga" Fleetline May 1999 page 76
  8. ^ First bus rolls off Brisbane production line Volgren 3 February 2010
  9. ^ Job creating bus building factory opens Volgren 15 March 2010
  10. ^ Volgren Bus company to shut, 60 jobs to go Newcastle Herald 23 July 2012

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