|Type||Privately held company|
Number of locations
|Peter Dale |
|Revenue||$207.1 million (June 2011)|
Number of employees
|560 (June 2011)|
Volgren is an Australian bus bodybuilder.
Volgren was formed in 1977 by Melbourne bus operator Grenda Corporation in Dandenong, Victoria. Because Grenda held the Volvo Buses dealership in Victoria, only chassis from this manufacturer were bodied until 1989 when the dealership was relinquished.
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. This closed in the late 1980s.
- Dandenong, Victoria (VG) completed Volgren's first bus in October 1979
- Malaga, Western Australia (VP) opened in April 1999 to fulfill a contract to body Mercedes-Benz O405NHs for Transperth
- Eagle Farm, Queensland (VQ) opened in February 2010
Volgren have bodied a number of buses for Asian operators:
- Hong Kong
- SBS Transit formerly operated 50 Volvo Super Olympians, a diesel powered Volvo B10BLE, a Scania L94UB, a Volvo Super Olympian prototype, a Mercedes-Benz O405G prototype, a Volvo B5RLEH and 12 CNG-powered Volvo B10BLEs.
- SMRT Buses formerly operated 15 Mercedes-Benz O405s, 11 Hino HS3KRKKs and a HS3KRKA, 2 Dennis Lances and 21 Mercedes-Benz O405Gs.
- Malaysia, a substantial number of buses were fitted with the Volgren bodywork as well. Examples can be found in the capital Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Johor Bahru, state capital of Johor.
1985 built Volgren Queensland Twin Deck Volvo B10M converted to a motorhome
SMRT Buses Mercedes-Benz O405G articulated bus with a Volgren CR221 body
2005 Sunbury Bus Service Scania L94UB with CR224L bodywork
2001 Transperth Mercedes-Benz O405NH with Volgren CR226L body
- Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Volgren Australia Pty Ltd – 2006 Inductee Greater Dandenong
- "Industry News" Australian Bus Panorama 4/6 May 1989 page 5
- Geoff Mountjoy Archived 20 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine National Road Transport Hall of Fame
- Volgren Queensland (Acacia Ridge) Production Volvodemort
- Volgren Press Release Volgren 13 December 2011
- Marcopolo acquires remaining stake in Volgren Australasia Bus & Coach 7 April 2017
- Grenda Corporation – Heritage Fleet Archived 17 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus Australia Fleet Lists
- "Volgren, Malaga" Fleetline May 1999 page 76
- Volgren Australia's bus assembly plant opens at Malaga Government of Western Australia 21 April 1999
- First bus rolls off Brisbane production line Volgren 3 February 2010
- Job creating bus building factory opens Volgren 15 March 2010
- Volgren stops bus production at Tomago ABC News 23 July 2012