Alexander Dennis welcomed a recent visit from UK minister for Scotland Iain Stewart on a visit to the planned Falkirk Investment Zone. ADL is among the investment zone’s industry partners with a project for a zero emission bus technology centre of excellence.
As part of the Falkirk Growth Deal, a total of 11 projects from different partners can utilise £80million investment from the UK and Scottish governments, £45million from Falkirk Council, and £5.8million from Scottish Canals to create an investment zone for Falkirk and Grangemouth.
ADL aims to create a centre of excellence to focus on the development, testing and manufacture of zero emission bus technology, building on the company’s established technical expertise and product innovation. This centre of excellence would be part of a public transport net zero technology cluster, led by ADL in collaboration with other industry partners, which could also include a high-tech incubator and dedicated flexible carbon neutral manufacturing space.
Paul Davies, ADL president & managing director, says: “As we continue on the road to net zero, we are excited to build upon nearly a century of manufacturing history in Falkirk with our vision for a new technology centre of excellence for the zero emission age.”
Cecil Meiklejohn, leader of Falkirk Council, adds: “This investment by the UK and Scottish governments will bring a massive economic boost to the local area and has the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs and attract £1billion of private sector investment.”