VDL BUS & COACH IS PLANNING NEW FACTORY IN BELGIUM ROESELARE
VDL Bus & Coach recently purchased eight hectares of land at the Beveren-Krommebeek business park in Roeselare, Belgium. VDL Bus & Coach has acquired the land to eventually build a new factory specifically for the manufacturing of electric buses. The new factory will replace the current VDL factory which is located since 1881 in the centre of Roeselare, the former Jonckheere bus factory that was added to the VDL Groep in 1998.
VDL Bus & Coach has chosen to stay at Roeselare because of the specialized workforce it already employs in Roeselare. It involves about 600 jobs. According to a spokesperson for the VDL Groep, no date or term is yet known when the first spade for the new building goes into the ground. "We are not in a hurry", he adds. "At the moment we are developing plans. In the long term, we want to build an efficient and modern factory for the production of electric buses." Mayor Kris Declercq of Roeselare responds with relief and applauds that the employment for the longer term is guaranteed. The eight hectares purchased by VDL Bus & Coach form part of a development plan for 75 hectares of new business parks around Roeselare. Thanks to the development of large new business parks such as the Beveren-Krommebeek business park in Roeselare, it was possible to reserve one large parcel for VDL Bus Roeselare. The Jonckheere bus factory in the Belgian town of Beveren at Roeselare has a long history. It was founded in 1881 by the Jonckheere family. In 2010 it became part of VDL Bus & Coach.