Continued growth prompts Wrightbus to recruit IT director

Wrightbus continues to grow its operations in Ballymena and is currently seeking a new director of IT

BALLYMENA bus manufacturer Wrightbus is continuing to grow as it looks to recruit an IT director to work alongside its chief executive and senior management team.

The newly-created role - which will see an experienced IT professional define, plan, implement and manage Wrightbus's technology strategy - comes on the back of a flurry of high-profile zero-emission orders in the UK, Ireland and internationally.

Managing director Ian Gillott said: “This has been a phenomenal year so far, and we're excited for the future. We are going through rapid technological change and this role will provide the opportunity to both influence and deliver that change throughout a global business.”

He added: “It's a brilliant opportunity to join a progressive, growing business at a great time for the company. We're looking forward to hearing from potential candidates.”

Wrightbus, which since 2019 has been owned by industrialist Jo Bamford, is behind the world's first hydrogen double deck bus and the world's most efficient double deck battery electric bus.

It currently has the largest fleet of hydrogen buses in Europe and second largest in the world, with 90 in operation across the UK and Ireland.

The expansion of the senior team comes off the back of a number of high-profile deals including 800 battery double deck buses over the next five years with the National Transport Authority in Ireland, 60 hydrogen-powered single deck buses over the next two years with Germany firm Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) and a landmark deal with Australia's leading bus body builder Volgren to supply hydrogen fuel cell-electric power-train technology.

Wrightbus is also in discussions with operators from the USA, South America and the Far East as authorities around the world race to hit net zero targets.