ALTAS OPENS NEW MINIBUS FACTORY
The largest manufacturer in the Baltic States and one of the largest EU producers of minibuses based on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter basis, JSC Altas commercial transport has opened a new manufacturing facility covering an area of 8,000 sq. m. in Vilnius region in Lithuania. The company was established in 2002 and has built up thirteen years of experience in minibuses manufacturing.
The company more than doubled in size last year, and this is not the limit. Becoming more and more important for Altas are the European markets, where the company is actively operating, according to Mr Edvardas Radzevičius, General Manager of JSC Altas commercial transport, with particular growth in Scandinavia and Western Europe.
Investment into the new facilities amounted to nearly three million euros, which is expected to further boost the production. While the output of the old plant was eight minibuses per month, now in the new facilities we are producing thirty buses monthly and it‘s not a limit.The opening of the new manufacturing premises is also expected to increase turnover revenue to 20 million euros in 2015, while the investment is estimated to have a five-year payback period.
The new manufacturing facilities have a bus assembly line, a painting shop and produces special accessories, metal constructions and other components. Two conveyer type production lines are being used for the assembly. The new factory allow the manufacturer to shorten the production cycle and increase its output volumes.
The company has its authorized representatives in Scandinavia, Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium) and UK, while active cooperation is in progress with trading partners in France, Italy, Bulgaria and other countries. Together with its partners, the company has developed a wide network of service workshops and after-sales service centers, which enable prompt servicing of customers travelling all over Europe.
The series minibus “Mercedes Benz Sprinter CityLine” designed in Lithuania for the first time by the engineers of the company was awarded the gold medal for the best Lithuanian product of 2014. Currently, 80 minibuses are on the road in Kaunas city, while several dozen are exploited in Sweden, Finland and Germany.