100 roles created at Falkirk plant

Bus firm ADL boosts jobs for low carbon vehicles

Alexander DennisBus maker Alexander Dennis is creating more than 100 jobs at its Falkirk factory after receiving the largest ever grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The firm has been handed £7.3m as part of a research and development grant and it will be spent on its low carbon vehicles programme. This is part of the company’s plans to double turnover by 2020.

Its low carbon project aims to take advantage of the growing global demand for hybrid and electric buses.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is visiting the UK’s biggest bus manufacturer today and will meet some of the 1,000 employees.

The company employs 2,500 around the world and has been subject to constant speculation that it will be sold, with Chinese investors said to be keeping a close watch.

Ahead of her visit, Ms Sturgeon said: “This new grant funding, the highest ever research and development award by Scottish Enterprise, will create 101 new jobs and secure a further 126 jobs in ADL’s low carbon vehicles project.

“The project is integral to ADL’s growth and export strategy to capture more of the increasing global demand for environmentally friendly buses.

“We’ll continue to work with manufacturers like ADL to innovate and expand and we’ll set out further measures to grow the Scottish economy later this week.”

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: Our members at ADL should be warmly congratulated. Their skills, knowledge and hard work are the foundation for the company’s success.

“Scotland has a skilled workforce that can support a revitalised manufacturing sector – all they need is the right support and investment. ADL shows that, when those things are in place, our workers can create innovative products that will find a place in the global market.”

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