VAN HOOL BUILDS FACTORY IN TENNESSEE (US) FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUSES
During the recent UMA bus and coach exhibition, held in San Antonio earlier this month, Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool announced that it will be installing a bus plant in the State of Tennessee dedicated to the sole production of buses for the public transport. The plant should be ready to roll out the first buses within some eightteen months.
Van Hool has already for a long time been present on the US market for coaches, where she even claims to be the market leader since 2015, with a share of some 35 percent. These coaches are shipped from Europe, where they are produced in the Koningshooikt (Belgium) and Macedonia plants – however, due to the Buy American Act it is impossible to use this same comforable way for importing buses for the public transport. The rule says that manufacturers should be using American components for 70 percent of the vehicle’s value.
Since the American market for buses is much larger than the coach market – 7000 units against 1500 to 2000 coaches – Van Hool sees possibilities on this market for her public transport buses. The buses for the American market will be manufactured in a plant that is a copy of the Macedonian Van Hool plant, which is operating very satisfactory.