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Alexander Dennis

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Bus builder of Falkirk

Alexander Dennis is a British bus building company based in Scotland. The largest bus and coach manufacturer in the United Kingdom, Alexander Dennis had manufacturing plants and partnerships in Canada, China, Europe, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States.

2001 TransBus International was formed when Mayflower Corporation (owner of Dennis and Alexander) merged its bus and coach building operations with those of Henlys Group.

TransBus International inherited a number of factories around the United Kingdom from all three merged companies: the former Alexander factories in Falkirk, Scotland and Belfast, Northern Ireland, the former Plaxton factories in Anston and Scarborough, the former Northern Counties factory in Wigan, and the Dennis factory in Guildford.

2004 The company was rescued by a group of entrepreneurs[1] who acquired the Guildford, Falkirk and Larbert operations under the new combined name Alexander Dennis. In place of the Plaxton factory in Wigan, a new aftermarket headquarter and parts warehouse was established in Skelmersdale. The Plaxton activities at Scarborough and Anston were subject to a management buy-out.

2007 Acquired the Scarborough and Anston operations that had been sold to their management.

In 2013, Alexander Dennis had a 34 percent market share in the United Kingdom.

As at April 2014, Brian Souter and Ann Gloag collectively held a 55 percent shareholding

2016 Employing 2,000 persons at Falkirk but lay-offs forecast

2019 Alexander Dennis acquired by NFI Group, creating a leading global bus and coach manufacturer. The Alexander Dennis and Plaxton brands were both retained and the management team remained in place.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times 13 December 2004