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About BusTech Group

The Group’s manufacturing strategy is aligned to state and federal policies – to maximise local supply chain content in buses combined with strategic technology collaborations with international partners.

The Group wants to develop long-term strategic partnerships with customers that include bespoke feature content and strategic territory and product alignment.

The Group is working on alternatives to the traditional spot buy sales model with options to engage in a ‘fleet-as-a-service’ model providing a ‘wrapped solution’ on a fixed-fee basis to accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions buses and associated infrastructure.

The vision of the BusTech Group is to enable the next generation of connected transit with a focus on zero emission buses (both electric and hydrogen).  The Group has developed an integrated architecture that can transition from diesel to electric to hydrogen over the life of the vehicle.

In addition, we also have a zero-emission bus fleet strategy that works across single decker, trackless trams and double deckers using common battery technology for fleet continuity

The Group’s manufacturing strategy is aligned to state and federal policies – to maximise local supply chain content in buses combined with strategic technology collaborations with international partners.

The Group wants to develop long term strategic partnerships with customers which includes bespoke feature content and strategic territory and product alignment.

The Group is working on alternatives to the traditional spot buy sales model with options to engage in a “fleet as a service” model providing a “wrapped solution” on a fixed fee basis to accelerate the deployment of zero emission buses and associated infrastructure.

BusTech Pty Ltd was established in 1995 when its first bus was completed in its original Ernest, Queensland, factory. In BusTech’s early years, production generally focused on producing bus bodies for European chassis from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Scania, predominantly under their VST model line. Smaller numbers of school buses and charter/touring vehicles were also produced.

In 2004, BusTech relocated to a purpose-built factory in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, from where it continues to operate. BusTech produced its first integrated body and chassis single-decker bus in 2007 before expanding into school buses and metro double-decker buses. In 2015 BusTech manufactured Australia’s first locally engineered and built electric bus, continuing its innovative approach to bus design and engineering. In 2017 it established joint ventures with Elphinstone in Tasmania and Precision Buses in Adelaide, South Australia.

 

In 2019, BusTech and Precision Buses transitioned their joint venture into a merger and today the two businesses operate under the BusTech Group brand. BusTech Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fusion Capital Holdings, which also owns Brabham Automotive, Swagman and Evant.

BusTech Group has not only advanced its technical capabilities, but has also pioneered the creation of a zero-emissions bus future in Australia. This pivot to providing innovative zero-emissions transport solutions reinforces BusTech Group’s commitment to smart engineering and accelerating the future of clean, efficient and emissions-free public transport in Australia. It’s through this systematic approach of designing buses for a connected world, creating a more sustainable environment and economy through the deployment of zero-emissions vehicles – and a commitment to local manufacturing within Australia – that will see BusTech Group continue to reach new heights as the leader in next-generation connected transit.

People & Culture

People and Culture

Our culture is what defines us; it’s what drives our behaviours and sets our standards in the way we behave towards our customers. It dictates how we are perceived and how we interact. Our culture encourages continuous improvement through transparency and accountability.

We innovate in how we design and engineer solutions, embracing new ways of doing things as a platform for fostering growth in our business and our people. We get the best out of people and our relationships if we collaborate, sharing ideas to ensure we achieve fit-for-purpose solutions. Integrated within our corporate DNA is a clear intent to strive for engineering excellence in manufacturing. But at the core of everything we do are our people and we recognise the value of our employees, partners and customers.

The BusTech Group Board

Mathew Fitch

Director

Mathew Fitch is a co-founder of Fusion Mobility division of Fusion Capital, which includes BusTech Group and advanced manufacturing stablemates Brabham Automotive, Swagman and Evant. Mathew’s background is in accountancy and advisory, where he held roles with Bentleys & KPMG before becoming Managing Director of Precision Components Australia, one of the largest Tier One suppliers to GM, Ford and Toyota. In addition to Mathew’s role with Bustech Group, he also plays an active role in Fusion Property and Fusion Technologies, which invests in technology start-ups and growth businesses. With a wealth of hands-on experience ranging from boardroom level to the office floor, Mathew brings an invaluable understanding of international business, manufacturing and financial management to the BusTech Group.

Dan Marks

Director

Dan provides commercial and strategic oversight to the BusTech Group, where his extensive corporate experience is a valuable asset. Dan is passionate about creating integrated solutions for BusTech customers. Prior to establishing the Fusion Mobility division of Fusion Capital, which includes the BusTech Group, with Mat and Christian, Dan was a corporate and commercial lawyer for 20 years with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance and joint ventures in both London and Australia. Consistently recognised as one of South Australia's leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer, regularly exceeding client expectations for service, the quality of advice and commerciality, Dan was recognised in Best Lawyers International’s categories of Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity between 2014 and 2018, before co-founding Fusion Mobility which also includes advanced manufacturing stablemates Brabham Automotive, Swagman and Evant.

Christian Reynolds

Director and Chairman BusTech Group

As the Chairman of the BusTech Group, Christian provides oversight to the design and engineering direction of the group with the added responsibility of focusing on solutions to enhance consumer experience by delivering integrated transit platforms enabled by technology. Prior to co-founding Fusion Mobility, Christian held operations and engineering roles with OEMs, Tier 1 supply base, engineering consultancies and new technology start-ups, where he oversaw the delivery of new products from concept to series production. Christian's career has included executive roles at market-leading brands such as MG Rover/BMW, Lotus, TWR, and ZF Group. Most relevantly Christian spent seven years with Tesla from its inception where he was part of the Tesla Roadster team before relocating to the US, productionising the current Fremont facility and launching the Model S. His experience in the electric vehicle industry is unrivalled in Australasia and he brings to BusTech a passion to lead the creation of the zero-emissions mass transit sector in Australia.

Our Executive Team

Thinus Steyn

Chief Executive Officer

Thinus is the Chief Executive Officer of BusTech Group, with Operational responsibility for the plant in Burleigh Heads, as well as Group responsibility for Procurement, Finance, Sales and HR. Prior to joining BusTech, Thinus held financial and operational roles with an OEM and within the Tier 1 supply base, where he oversaw the delivery of product for series production. Thinus’ career has included executive roles at market leading brands such as BMW and ZF across the globe. He brings to BusTech a passion to lead the organisation towards becoming Australia’s leading manufacturer of mass transit vehicles enabled by world-class technology.

Stacey Perkins

Chief Operating Officer

Stacey is the Chief Operating Officer of BusTech Group, with operational responsibility for the plant in Adelaide. Stacey is an operational and finance executive with start-up experience having held previous roles in finance and project management within the automotive industry. Most recent roles include Finance Manager for Fusion Mobility Group including Brabham Automotive and ZF Group, and 10 years within a professional services accounting firm. Stacey brings a passion for operational excellence to the BusTech Group and its business partners in the drive to become a market leader in zero-emissions mobility solutions.

Gregg Dinning

Chief Technical Officer

Gregg is the Chief Technical Officer leading the technical strategy and execution for the BusTech Group. Gregg is keen to work with innovative technical partners to produce engaging vehicles that improve the shared transit experience for patrons and operators. Gregg’s career started with large, process-driven Tier 1 OEMs and migrated to prototype and research-focused organisations. He spent the last decade at McLaren, where he led the definition and delivery of products for use in professional motorsports (including the TAG-320, which is the heart of a Formula 1 car’s control and data system). Gregg enjoys leading small, highly focused teams capable of developing their own technical path using cutting-edge engineering techniques.

Damien Brown

Chief Commercial Officer

Damien is the Chief Commercial Officer for BusTech Group, with responsibility for engaging industry partners and government to drive technology adoption, strategic partnerships and business growth. Prior to joining BusTech, Damien held executive roles in the public transport, rail, mobility and mining sectors, in legal counsel and commercial leadership positions. Damien has specialised in identifying and creating strategic partnerships that create new opportunities to invest and grow. Damien's career has included executive roles at market-leading brands such as Transit Australia Group, BHP Billiton and the Australian Rail Track Corporation, and he brings to BusTech a passion to create and sustain industry in Australia through a transition to zero-emissions technology.

Kasia Pitman

Director of Sustainability

Kasia is the Director of Sustainability for the BusTech Group, responsible for driving the group’s corporate social responsibility strategy and accelerating our customers along their journey to a more sustainable future. Kasia’s previous experience was in the UK automotive industry, where she had a number of roles with Jaguar Land Rover focused on product sustainability strategy and embedding sustainability improvements within automotive design. Kasia’s passion is to lead the BusTech Group in the transition to a circular economy, based on Life Cycle Thinking, to innovate in the way we use resources and collaborate with partners and suppliers.

Ross Thompson

Director of After Sales

Ross is the Director of After Sales for the BusTech Group, with the responsibility of ensuring our customers receive the best factory support across the BusTech product range. Ross is an experienced After Sales manager with a history of over 40 years working in the automotive industry. Ross is a qualified diesel mechanic and has worked his way from bus and truck repairs on the workshop floor to service roles for leading OEM brands and After Sales management roles with Volgren Australia and BusCorp Oceania. Ross brings this broad experience, together with a passion for Australian manufacturing, to lead the Total Care offer at BusTech.

Maria Fedele

Director, PR and Communications

Maria Fedele is the Director of PR and Communications for the BusTech Group, driving internal and external communications strategies to position BusTech Group as a leader in technology, smart engineering and an innovator in the next generation of connected transit. Maria has worked in a range of communications, media and journalism roles both in the private and public sector across Australia and Europe. Maria was previously Corporate Communications Executive at information and analytics company RELX Group, based in London, before joining the Department of Human Services in South Australia as Media and Communications Adviser. Her passion for storytelling and content creation ensures we are always leveraging our brand to create value for our clients and partners.

Ross Stonard

Director of Customer Relations

Ross is the Director of Client Services for the BusTech Group, with responsibility for client engagement with industry and government partners to drive technology adoption, strategic partnerships and business growth. Ross brings a blend of automotive, finance and renewables experience to BusTech. Most recently the corporate sales manager for BMW in South Australia, he also has more than 12 years’ finance experience working in London with some of the world’s largest institutions including, Santander, RBS and Lloyds. Academically trained in environmental science and renewables, Ross is excited to be bringing all of his experience together bringing zero emission buses to the roads of Australia

Sustainability

BusTech Group has designed a smart and sustainable architecture solution to deliver connected and efficient transport technology through focusing on whole-of-life-cycle thinking and the principles of the circular economy.

BusTech Group is decreasing its carbon footprint by building and sourcing manufacturing capabilities within Australia and repatriating highly skilled engineers back into Australia from Europe. Employing 270 staff across the group and with a focus on localised supply chains, BusTech Group is passionate about creating lasting economic benefits in Australia.

We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint through advancing the efficiency of our operations as we grow our volume and manufacturing presence across Australia.

The five pillars of BusTech Group’s Corporate and Social Responsibility Strategy is anchored in United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Zero-emissions Mass Transport Technologies

Improve local air quality and health outcomes by eliminating harmful emissions

Eliminate carbon emissions from our roads

Sustainable Architecture

Create the most efficient integrated technology platform

Employ user-centric design to sustain 25-year duty cycle and end-of-life recycling

Encourage sustainable material use and value creation through circular economy

Supporting Australian Economic
Recovery & Growth

Stimulate local supply chains and minimise logistics carbon emissions

Create equal opportunity for employment

Create next-generation jobs

Growth through Efficiency

Deliver operational growth through efficiency improvement targets

Use sustainable procurement methods

Provide a heathy and safe workplace

Connect with Our Communities’ Needs

Support homelessness charities

Support White Ribbon Australia

Build youth resilience through sport and support disadvantaged children

Partner with veteran and disability support organisations

Industries

As the mass mobility sector evolves, we provide a complete suite of vehicle designs, drive train variants and ownership solutions to deliver integrated transit solutions that meet fleet requirement in all states and territories across Australia, and internationally. Our customers include private operators, local and state governments, mining companies, charities and not-for-profits, private charter businesses and private businesses looking for bespoke solutions to meet their specific requirements. We are agnostic to powertrain and manufacturing methodology. From diesel to electric to hydrogen and either manufacturing a body on the chosen chassis or providing our own proprietary integrated body and chassis, we provide flexibility through the design process, engaging customers in our technology centre such that they can create their own unique solutions specific to their industry needs.

Mass Transit

We are at the forefront of zero-emissions bus technology development, offering complete vehicle, infrastructure and energy solutions for clean diesel, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet deployment.

Schools

We have delivered hundreds of school buses to customers across Australia, helping to transport Australia’s children to school safely and efficiently. We can provide zero-emissions technology school buses, as well as diesel school buses that can be easily converted to zero-emissions technology in the future.

Mining

We provide mining and resources workforce transport solutions that meet the strictest design and specification requirements, ensuring compliance with all safety and workforce comfort and feature requirements. As the mining and resources sector strives to meet its carbon emissions and environmental footprint goals and obligations, BusTech Group can assist by providing zero-emissions technology solutions for all workforce transport requirements.

Tourism

We offer tailored designs to suit all tourism sector service requirements, including long-distance coaches through to local tour bus services. With in-house design and engineering services we work with our customers to meet the specific requirements of tourism operators and deliver the best possible experience for their passengers.

Specialist Vehicles

Our in-house design and engineering services teams work with private businesses, charities and not-for-profits to create fit-for-purpose tailored designs to suit all use requirements, including unique coaches with bespoke interiors through to medical buses delivering care to remote communities.

Customer Solutions

Our customers are central to why we do what we do. We engage with customers in a collaborative manner. We want our customers to feel like they are partnering with us in devising solutions that are fit for purpose.

Tomorrow’s Jobs Today

We are committed to industry development and have established the BusTech Group Advanced Bus Apprentice Academy. Additionally, we work directly with industry, government, partners and employers to create broader pathways to employment within the BusTech Group.

We create career paths for our employees to grow and develop. If you want to be part of an exciting journey, get in touch.

To ensure we continue to provide the best customer service, we train our people to the highest level. The education and training of our engineers and assembly staff is the cornerstone of our business, driving efficiencies and quality in a safe environment. As a business, we currently have a number of apprentices on the shop floor at any one time across mechanical and electrical mechanical roles.

We have arrangements in place that allow us to deploy apprentices and trainees within our business from the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Industry Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre, the Motor Trade Association of South Australia, and to provide employment to Defence veterans.

The Apprentice Academy delivers programs in connection with the manufacture of existing diesel technology buses but also in relation to the future design of alternative driveline technologies, assisting with delivering technical and engineering initiatives within our Technology Sustainability and Innovation Roadmap.

R&D and Career Pathways

The Apprentice Academy is structured to deliver face-to-face training and provide apprentices with advanced learning and development programs, creating the expertly skilled apprentices of the future of Australia. Apprentices attending our facilities are exposed to a range of training methods including trainer presentations, observation of the apprentice, theory assessments, task sheets, work logbook evidence and simulated role plays.

Our scopes of work, work health and safety programs and on-board recruitment program are ideally suited to employing apprentices as they gain valuable on-the-job training. Subject matter experts within the Group mentor trainees and validate apprentices’ work and they are given the opportunity to work in a culture that encourages continuous improvement programs in a modern advanced manufacturing environment. This is an invaluable experience for apprentices at the early stages of their career. Having established apprentice programs in industry is fundamental to maintaining engineering capability in Australia for the future growth of sovereign capability.

Research and Development

We recognise the importance of engaging with universities. To enable the next generation of connected transit, BusTech Group is focused on creating next-generation jobs and driving a high-value growth mass mobility industry through our commitment to partner with Australia’s leading universities. We collaborate to stimulate innovation, research, development and commercialisation of state-of-the art and innovative transit solutions, as well as to support local talent and create new pathways for skilled employment opportunities.  ….

The evolution of mobility solutions will contribute to innovation in Australia’s public transport infrastructure design and development that will investigate areas such as: user experience and service delivery, transport communications, vehicle design and manufacture, including the development and integration of new technologies, environmental considerations, and business and economic benefits.
These collaborations involve university students and provide graduate opportunities which will integrate with the engagement of apprentices.

Career Pathways

With both mainstream and niche OEM and commercial experience both in Australia and overseas we have created an agile multi-skilled team of passionate business professionals and engineers who are focused on delivering market-leading products and services to facilitate industry transition to zero-emissions buses and services.

BusTech Group has also been able to utilise the capacity and capability that serviced the Australian OEM market to grow its team across Australia.

This has been complemented by overseas resources who have been drawn to working with BusTech Group on its broader mobility strategy, to be part of a Group that is at the beginning of an exciting journey to re-establish the vehicle/mobility-based businesses across Australia.

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