Van Hool building new type of standard coach for Europe and new markets in Macedonia starting in 2015.

Van Hool building new type of standard coach for Europe and new markets in Macedonia starting in 2015.

Van Hool aims to strengthen its position in Europe and open up new markets.

New type of standard coach will be presented at the end of September 2014 at the IAA in Hannover, Germany.

Skopje, Macedonia - During the official inauguration of the new Van Hool plant in Skopje, Macedonia, Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool NV, announced that the production of a new vehicle type will be starting in the fourth quarter of this year at the company’s new site in Skopje. The new model, a standard coach that has received the name “EX” (pronounced : e-iks), will be marketed as of 2015 in Europe and other new markets.

"Van Hool wants to continue playing a significant role on the international market of buses and coaches," says Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool. "For the first time since the worldwide financial-economic crisis began, we’re again thinking in terms of growth. True to tradition, we stay in close contact with what´s going on at our customers and keep a sharp eye on how the market is evolving. What we’ve been seeing prompted us to build a new type of coach. With this new vehicle type we can even tap new markets that until recently were virtually unattainable for us. It will be a standard type coach, characterised by the high quality standards for which Van Hool is renown for. Over the past few months, the employees at the new plant in Skopje have clearly demonstrated that they can quickly make Van Hool’s high quality standards their own. The vehicle is situated in the lower segment of the international bus and coach market and, in order to be competitive, it has to be built cost-efficiently. For the more specialised work with high added value, the plant in Koningshooikt naturally remains the ideal site. We invite everyone to come take a look at the new vehicle at the major international trade fair IAA in Hannover, Germany which is being held from 25/9/2014 through 2/10/2014.”

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Editors, for more information you can contact:

Dirk Snauwaert, Public Relations Manager at Van Hool,
Bernard Van Hoolstraat 58, 2500 Lier (Koningshooikt).
Tel.: +32 (0)3 420 22 12; Mobile: +32 (0)499 555 032;
e-mail: dirk.snauwaert@vanhool.com. Website: www.vanhool.be