Business continues as usual, says Volvo Bus UK
The new Retail Sales Director of Volvo Bus in the UK and Ireland, Josef Gisslow, says that it’s ‘business as usual’ at the Coventry Bus and Coach Sales Centre, despite the impending closure of the company’s coach production plant in Wroclaw, Poland in 2024.
Josef, who has transferred from Gothenburg, said the factory closure with the loss of 1,500 jobs is ‘very regrettable’ but that Volvo is aiding the workforce to find new jobs. ”We will continue to offer products in the city, intercity and coach segments and will come back with more information once we have agreements with our external bodybuilder partners regarding future production plans.”
”We are closing a factory and not a product line”, Josef told B&CB. “As you’ll know, Volvo has production facilities all over the globe and a wide range of partner business.” He said that the Wroclaw site will be re-purposed and, under new owners, would not offer any continuity of coach production.
“Right now, product lead times remain the same for all products at about six months. We are facing some challenges, like all manufacturing, with shipping and materials.” He said that 9700 and 9900 would be stock vehicles at present, though Coventry – like most dealerships – is facing significant used stock shortages.