Mellor, the Rochdale-based bus manufacturer, is to receive significant investment and an ‘exciting’ repositioning of its business activities for 2022.
The company says a focus on technology, people and facilities will be ‘front and centre’ of the next phase in the development of the Mellor brand as it emerges as a major player in the UK bus market.
- Rochdale bus manufacturer to focus on investment and market repositioning in 2022
- New Promech Technologies facility to include Mellor (Scarborough) production division
- Trio of new senior appointments to work in unison on next phase developments
- Technology, people and facilities ‘front and centre’ of Mellor brand principles
Mellor, alongside Promech Technologies based in Scarborough – both part of the Woodall Nicholson vehicle manufacturing group – has said investment is under way and plans are in place to expand considerably its UK market presence, while recognising the market’s shifting emphasis towards zero-emission vehicles.
Key to Mellor’s plans is Promech Technologies and the forthcoming development of a new, purpose-built R&D and production facility in Scarborough, creating local employment opportunities and serving as a technology hub for the development of future Mellor products and expanded Mellor Production capability.
Significant investment into the new location will create additional manufacturing capacity and will include a dedicated Mellor (Scarborough) production division.
Promech is already instrumental in the development of technologies for all Woodall Nicholson vehicle brands, while the new facilities will create an even greater symbiosis between Mellor as a UK brand and Promech as its technology provider.
Partnerships with local schools and colleges to promote STEM learning among young people will create a centre-of-excellence for future talent within the business.
Mellor’s size- and cost-appropriate product range has already seen notable recent expansion with the introduction of new full-electric Orion E23 and Maxima E23 vehicles to allow customers to take advantage of the of the government’s ZEBRA funding initiative.
A new Orion Evolution is also a new edition to the range; a 5.5-tonne, 27-passenger vehicle offering high-spec, low-cost credentials.
Inherent in all the Mellor product range is an increasing input of UK-based technology, courtesy of Promech. With a new facility slated for completion next year, Mellor will be even better equipped to deliver a range of zero-emissions vehicle solutions for customers.
Recent appointments of Mark Clissett as Managing Director of the Bus Division, John Randerson as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Gustavo Marqueta as International Business Development Director, also point to a dynamic new senior management structure behind ambitious plans for growth.
Mark Clissett joined the Woodall Nicholson group in January as Managing Director of the Bus Division, including the Mellor and Treka Bus brands. He succeeded John Randerson whose appointment as CTO sees him head-up Promech Technologies with a remit to deliver solutions across the Woodall Nicholson portfolio.
Gustavo Marqueta brings huge industry experience following senior roles with Tata Motors and most recently with Alexander Dennis Ltd. – both with respect to international business development.
“We’re about to see an exciting next phase in the development of the Mellor business,” said Bus Division Managing Director, Mark Clissett, “Many of the foundations for our repositioning are completed and plans are at an advanced stage for the new Promech facility in Scarborough.
Technology, people and facilities will be front and centre of developments,” he said, “and 2022 will see the emergence of Mellor as a major player on the UK bus scene, with ambitious plans to expand our overseas presence, too. The demand for zero-emissions vehicles continues to grow and we are 100% committed to delivering size- and cost-effective solutions that exceed operators’ requirements.”
Rochdale-based Mellor is a leading manufacturer of size-appropriate buses to suit a wide range of operations
– With a 60-year history, Mellor is well established as a key vehicle manufacturer in the North-West
– 27,000sq.ft. manufacturing facility comprising state-of-the-art production equipment and processes
– Three production lines, 500-vehicle per year capacity, 130-strong skilled workforce
– Product range includes Strata, Orion, Tucana and Pico
– Low-floor, zero-emissions electric and accessible model variants with a wide range of seating options
– Brighouse-based Treka Bus is the UK’s leading manufacturer of accessible buses
– Annual production capacity up to 500 vehicles designed and built by over 80 employees
– 14,000sq.ft. of bus production space and 14,000sq.ft. of dedicated GRP production space
– Treka Bus vehicles include Mobility, Mobility+ and Everyday models
– Mellor and Treka Bus are part of the Woodall Nicholson group of companies
– Woodall Nicholson comprises Mellor, Coleman Milne, VCS Ltd, Treka Bus, Binz International and Promech Technologies.