On 4 May 2011, Anhui Ankai Automobile Co., Ltd. (hereafter Ankai Bus for short) has signed the purchasing agreement with Hafil Hajj Transportation Establishment in Saudi Arabia for 3000 Ankai school buses, referring to the amount of 152 million USD. This is the biggest order for China school buses to overseas markets by far.
Ankai buses for shipment
Currently, these buses have been ready for the shipment to Saudi Arabia. It is known Ankai Bus is the only bus brand with monocoque technology for school buses in the local. The market share of Ankai products in Saudi Arabia is estimated to increase to a big degree, more than 50% of the imported China buses there.
Ankai school bus to be exported
According to Li Guojun, assistant to general manger of Ankai International Corp., “The representatives from Saudi Arabia have visited our operated buses and they believe that our products are safe, comfortable, economy and environment-friendly, suitable for the market demand as well as actual operation. The good operation of 1000 Ankai buses purchased in 2007 and 2008 makes them quite satisfied, in the respect of product performance and after-sales service.” It is the good performance of Ankai products that makes this company choose 3000 units Ankai school buses again this year.
Sign “Stop” of Ankai school bus
Mr.Li Guojun shows that it is also actually a way for us to learn more experience when we exchange opinions with the foreign customers about the manufacturing technologies and the technical standard, so that we are able to offer more excellent products with our effort.
Warning Tip for Security
In Saudi Arabia, it also has strict requirements on the manufacturing of school buses, which are regulated by the local government and education department, such as the demand on appearance, size, seat layout, seat number and color symbol. For example, these buses feature with the security signs of “Stop” on each school bus, used to warn the motor vehicles nearby and the warning tip to avoid the drivers’ blind spots, which will automatically work when the driver stop the bus.
Regarding to the construction of service system, Ankai Bus has set up marketing network in over 40 countries and regions till now, mainly adopting direct sales and dealership. The bus builder always prepare the responding spare parts for the customers, and offer additional storage for the markets or customers that import the products in batches. Also it cooperated with the local dealers to establish the spare parts stations to ensure the related supply, in particular, in Middle East and Northeast Asia, trying to set up overseas service hubs, service centers and spare parts centers.