The UK Government’s Minister for Transport admitted he was thoroughly impressed after his tour of Camelon’s Alexander Dennis Ltd.
Robert Goodwill visited ADL last Thursday to see the production facility and to talk about its government supported research and development. He also heard about the company’s deal with Chinese bus giant BYD which was announced during the recent state visit by the Chinese premier.
After chatting with some of the firm’s talented young apprentices, Mr Goodwill climbed aboard ADL’s Enviro 400 City Hybrid – a vehicle which will soon be weaving an environmentally friendly path through London traffic.
The minister said: “I represent Scarborough and I see these excellent ADL vehicles on the roads down there. It is great for my constituents to have vehicles like this and obviously for the people of the Falkirk area to have a successful company like ADL.
“Companies like ADL and Rolls Royce are now viewed around the world as being associated with state-of-the art technology and quality engineering. It’s just a great British brand.”
ADL’s £660 million deal with BYD, the world’s biggest producer of pure electric buses, has the potential to transform the UK’s transport landscape with the introduction of revolutionary emission-free buses.
ADL chief executive Colin Robertson said: “This is the start of an exciting journey with enormous potential and we are delighted to be working with BYD. It is a fine example of British-Chinese co-operation and two innovative companies working together to create cleaner, greener transport solutions.
“It is also important to recognise initiatives like this help us support 2500 ADL jobs and a further associated 1500 positions.”