Camelon bus builders ADL on road to record profit

Major employers ADL are on the road to best ever year
Major employers ADL are on the road to best ever year

Bus building giant Alexander Dennis Limited is well on the road to celebrating its best-ever year.

The Camelon-based business is predicting a record £600 million turnover in 2015, a sharp increase in operating profits to around £25 million - and promising more investment that will protect jobs.

Chief executive Colin Robertson told the Coach & Bus Live exhibition in Birmingham that ADL will build more than 2600 buses this year for fleet operators in the UK and abroad.

He also announced it has clinched a £250 million deal to design and manufacture up to 400 ‘SuperLo’ double deckers for the Canadian market and won its first order to build 19 for PostAuto in Switzerland while talks to supply more major bus operators in London are at an advanced stage.

The company is already one of the biggest employers in the district with 1000 working between its factory and head office at Glasgow Road and product development site in Larbert.

It also provides jobs for another 1000 in Yorkshire and Surrey and 500 overseas.

Mr Robertson told industry experts at the show: “I expect to see our turnover up from £500 million in 2014 to £600 million this year and a significant increase in our underlying profitability, a large part of which will fund our ongoing £15 million investment programme.”

An ADL spokesman said: “The performance underpins our employment in the UK and elsewhere and the 1500 working on Alexander Dennis contracts in overseas manufacturing partnerships.

“But no matter where we are in the world, what you might call the ‘brains’ of the business, the technology development, is all happening in Scotland. We have something like 250 very skilled engineers here keeping us at the forefront of the industry developing hybrid and electric bus technology.”