MAN Closing Its Last German Bus Plant
German vehicle manufacturer MAN has announced plans to move its bus production activities out of Neoplan’s Plauen, Germany site by the end of March 2015. Plauen is MAN’s sole bus production plant in Germany. MAN said the board of MAN Truck & Bus AG and the Volkswagen Sachsen management team have, in principle, reached an agreement with the works councils of Volkswagen, MAN and Neoplan respectively.
Starliner, Cityliner and Jetliner intercity buses and coaches were originally produced at the Neoplan site in Plauen. In future, this will be done at MAN’s Ankara plant, which already produces models such as the Neoplan Tourliner. The Ankara plant was the first MAN site outside of Germany and buses have been in production there since 1986.
MAN said the market volume for buses in Europe is at an all-time low. Owing to the poor economic situation in important target markets and to the low demand for buses in the luxury sector, it is no longer economically viable to maintain production in Plauen, the company said.