Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) started out as TransBus International on 1 January 2001. TransBus was the product of the merger of Mayflower Corporation-owned Walter Alexander Coachbuilders and Dennis Chassis, and Henlys owned-Plaxton.
TransBus was based in the United Kingdom and had the following factories: the former Alexander factories at Falkirk, Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland, the former Plaxton factories at Anston and Scarborough, the former Northern Counties factory at Wigan, and the Dennis factory at Guildford.
TransBus produced both bus & coach chassis and bodies as well as fire engines and waste collection vehicles. Included among its range of chassis were the Dart, one of the all time best selling buses in the UK, and the Trident. TransBus also produced export variants.
On 21 May 2004, the rest of TransBus (Alexander and Dennis) was bought by independent business men, and became Alexander Dennis. The sale did not include the former Alexander Belfast plant, however, and it later closed down. On 26 January 2005, Alexander Dennis's Wigan plant was closed after finishing the orders of its President body.
In May 2007, Alexander Dennis purchased Plaxton. The management still remains, and for the time being, the two companies' product lines remain seperate.
In conjunction with unveiling their new Enviro500H in 2008, Alexander Dennis signed a deal with ElDorado National for ElDorado to assemble their buses in North America. This move gives Alexander Dennis full Buy America compliance. A new, purpose-built parts operation based in Las Vegas was also announced by Alexander Dennis to be up and running in the next few weeks. Their aftermarket operations for North America, supporting field engineers and satellite support centers will be based from there. However, this agreement was terminated in 2012.
In the July 15, 2010 issue of RouteOne magazine, an article appeared announcing Alexander Dennis's intention to build a hybrid single deck bus for the European market. The bus would be a left-hand-drive, three-door, 12 metre, fully low floor, heavy duty (18 tonne) transit bus. The hybrid bus will use the BAE Systems HybriDrive series hybrid system. Tata-Hispano has a deal with Alexander Dennis for exclusive rights to market the new bus in Spain and Portugal. The bus, named the Enviro350H, was officially launched in November 2010 at the FIAA trade show in Madrid. Alexander Dennis announced in March 2011, that they partnered with Sydney-based Custom Coaches to body their Enviro350H in Australi.
Current product lineup
Past product lineup
- ↑ Plaxton bought by ADL, busandcoach.com, retrieved on 08-12-12
- ↑ Reaching new heights at Expo 2008, alexander-dennis.co.uk, retrieved on 08-12-12
- ↑ RouteOne July 15, 2010 issue, route-one.net, retrieved on 2010-07-19
- ↑ ADL reveals next hybrid, route-one.net, retrieved on 2010-07-19
- ↑ ADL gears up for export drive with diesel and hybrid models, alexander-dennis.com, retrieved on 2010-11-12
- ↑ ADL extends hybrid range with three-door single deck for Europe: Next stop Australia, alexander-dennis.com, retrieved on 2010-11-19
- Alexander Dennis, alexander-dennis.com, retrieved on 08-12-12
- Busride Magazine article on TransBus, busride.com, retrieved on 08-12-12