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Ardee Coach Trim strike major deal, plan new €500k investment

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Eoin Lennon, General Manager of Ardee Coach Trim, pictured at his Artnalivery office. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

Ardee Coach Trim have signed a new and exclusive service partnership agreement with Alexander Dennis Ltd, one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers.

The company, based on the outskirts of Ardee town in the townland of Artnalivery, the family run business have an experienced workforce of over 90 employees and supply the transport industry with a high standard of upholstery, coach respraying and engineering for all types of vehicles. Ardee Coach Trim have previously worked with a wide range of companies including Dublin Bus, Translink, Irish Rail and CAF.

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The new deal will see Ardee Coach Trim act as the manufacturer’s sole official service and accident repair agent for Alexander Dennis buses and Plaxton coaches in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The company will provide aftermarket support for Alexander Dennis Ltd’s framework agreement with the National Transport Authority for up to 600 double deck Enviro400ER hybrid buses. Ardee Coach Trim say they are investing €500,000 on the back of this partnership, on “people, capacity and facilities.”

Ardee Coach Trim was founded by Frank Lennon in 1989 and it’s base just outside of Ardee has over 20,000 square foot of workspace and ample parking for over 100 buses and coaches.

“We are delighted that Alexander Dennis and Plaxton have chosen us to be their sole official aftermarket service provider across Ireland,” Eoin Lennon of Ardee Coach Trim said. “This partnership will develop and expand in proportion to the number of vehicles in the region. Our goal is to enhance the support already provided by both Ardee Coach Trim and Alexander Dennis alike.

“We are excited to be on the same team as ADL, one of the cornerstones in the bus industry for Ireland and the UK. To help deliver this initiative we are investing €500,000 on people, capacity and our facilities in general. We are looking to a bright future and a strong long-term partnership with one of the world’s leading bodybuilders.”

Ian Wallace, Head of Service at ADL, added: “Alexander Dennis buses and Plaxton coaches are growing in popularity in Ireland and we are delighted to announce this cooperation with Ardee Coach Trim to give operators the best-in-class aftermarket support for our fuel-efficient and stylish vehicles. This partnership will also underpin our fleet of electric range hybrid buses for the NTA, delivery of which will begin later this year.”

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