Northern Ireland

Wrightbus wins Hong Kong bus order

Image caption James Louey, commercial director of Kowloon Motor Bus Company, visited Wrightbus on Monday

A Hong Kong-based bus company has ordered 50 new double-decker buses from the County Antrim firm, Wrightbus.

The Kowloon Motor Bus Company agreed the deal, with a view to ordering more vehicles from the Ballymena-based manufacturer in the near future.

Wrightbus is arranging for some of its shop floor workers to go to China to oversee the construction of the buses.

A number of Wrightbus staff involved in the order are learning Chinese ahead of their trip.

Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers are leading a business delegation to China on Monday for a six-day trade mission aimed at promoting investment and tourism.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are due to visit the headquarters of the Kowloon Motor Company on Saturday.

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