ADL to invest £31m in development

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) will invest £31m in research and development of technologies to design and manufacture low carbon buses, creating 101 new jobs and securing a further 126 existing jobs.

This major innovation programme was announced on Monday (5 September) by ADL CEO Colin Robertson during a visit to ADL’s Falkirk plant by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, with ADL CEO Colin Robertson (left) during her visit to the Falkirk assembly plant

The Scottish Government’s development agency, Scottish Enterprise, will support the programme with a £7.3m R&D grant, the largest single R&D grant it has awarded to a company.

ADL’s programme brings together a number of projects that will develop technologies for low and zero emission single and double-deck buses for the UK and international markets.

The programme, set to run until the end of 2018, aims to take advantage of the growing global demand for ‘green’ powertrains as well as refining auxiliary components to improve environmental efficiency.

Mrs Sturgeon says: “Alexander Dennis is one of the world’s leading bus and coach builders and a true Scottish success story.

“This new grant funding, the highest ever R&D award by Scottish Enterprise, will create over 100 new jobs and secure a further 120 jobs in ADL’s low carbon vehicles project.

“The project is integral to ADL’s growth and export strategy that aims to capture more of the increasing global demand for environmentally friendly buses.”

Says Mr Robertson: “We are delighted that Scottish Enterprise supports us in our aim of developing low and zero emission buses for the global market.

“We look forward to local authorities and cities around the UK as well as abroad seizing the opportunity to introduce these next generation vehicles which bring massive benefits to passengers, city dwellers and the environment.

“This investment in new product development enables companies like our own to stay at the forefront of industry at home and overseas and will help us achieve our strategic goal of a £1bn turnover by 2020.”

Dr Lena Wilson, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “This success is illustrated by the work Alexander Dennis has been undertaking recently. Over the last eight years its turnover has tripled, which is down to the management team’s relentless focus on innovation and new markets for the products developed from its R&D efforts.

“We’ve worked intensively with ADL on three innovation projects, as well as its international strategy to maximise its revenue.  It’s an approach that is certainly paying off for ADL, and I wish the team well with this newest project.”