VENTURA SYSTEMS GOES AMERICA
Earlier this summer, it had already leaked that Ventura Systems, the Dutch supplier of door systems for public transport buses, is building a factory in America. They bought a large building in the state of North Carolina, where the production of the very well-known door system should be kicked off at the beginning of next year.
According to managing director Jeroen de Nooijer of the company that saw the light of day in 1984, this step is connected to the preference of US clients for high-quality European products. “In the US, one manufacturer has been assuming a monopoly position for years. Now the American clients, i.e. the transport authorities, listen very well to their customers, i.e. the passengers. They had been complaining about technical defects on the doors. Guess what? Our doors start showing defects not sooner than after 120,000 miles, while those of our competitors were already in trouble after 60,000 miles. That was the deciding factor. Still, as the Buy American Act requires that at least seventy percent of a product must be manufactured in the US, we are opening a factory there.” We will start with eight employees, but De Nooijer says he would not be surprised to see a factory as large as the Ventura factory in Bolsward, the Netherlands within the foreseeable future. The first order is in the pocket and concerns the delivery of door systems for 600 buses of the brands New Flyer, Eldorado and BYD. These buses will run in New York and Los Angeles, the ultimate two public transport locations in America that set the tone for the rest of the country, according to De Nooijer. At Ventura Systems, they are hopeful for follow-up orders.