Dubigeon Body and Coach

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Address
25 Piet Rautenbach Street
New Industrial Sites Brits
North West Province  0250
South Africa
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Phone
+27 12 250 2960/1/2
Fax
+27 12 250 2872
Website
http://www.putco.co.za/023.asp


Dubigeon Body and Coach

Dubigeon has 246 employees with the capability to employ up to 374. The skills mix includes bus body builders, spray painters, diesel mechanics, artisans, electricians, welders, technicians, quality controllers, clerks, general workers and machinists. Dubigeon Factory specialises in manufacturing and repairing bus bodies, assembling chassis, and producing auxiliary vehicles units.

The product range includes:

Manufacturing new buses – the range includes Iveco Euro Riders (6 x 2 and 4 x 2), MAN 282 (4 x 2 single axle buses and tag axles 6 x 2), MAN HB2 & HB5 (4 x 2 and 6 x 2), Iveco buses, Fiat buses, Mercedes Benz buses, DAF (6 x 2 tag axle buses), and Volvo BR7 buses. Capacity: 60 buses per month.

Refurbishment of old bus bodies – refurbishment activities include overall rehabilitation of bus bodies (also called BMO) and repairing buses that have been involved in accidents. Capacity: rehabilitate 15 buses and repair 15 buses per month.

Manufacturing special vehicles – the factory manufactures a number of special buses, including buses dedicated to carrying passengers with disabilities (ie access buses), or converting commuter buses to have devices and mechanisms for loading passengers with disabilities, and producing semi-luxury buses (ie on the MAN Chassis, Mercedes Chassis and DAF Chassis). Capacity: five access buses per month.

Manufacturing auxiliary vehicles – the factory manufactures a variety of auxiliary vehicles, including mobile ticket offices (MTOs), tow trucks and luggage carrying trailers. Capacity: three months to build one unit.

Chassis assembly and rehabilitation – the factory can assemble bus chassis (in semi-knocked-down kits). The factory also rebuilds bus chassis (also known as CMO). Capacity: rebuild 20 chassis per month. In the 1990s, the factory assembled closed to 700 Iveco chassis – these buses are in operation at Putco depots.

General bus body spares manufacturing – the factory manufactures a number of bus body spares, including bumpers, step-wells, passenger doors, dash-boards, luggage carriers, coffin carriers, etc.

Dubigeon Body and Coach’s bodies comply with South African and international manufacturing specifications, regulations and legislation, including roll-over protection and homologation processes (audited by SABS), and till-tests (audited by Gerotek). Currently, Dubigeon Factory is working towards an ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

Dubigeon Body and Coach has a team that is dedicated to R&D activities and which is also responsible for designing, testing and building prototypes of new buses. In addition, the team represents Dubigeon at the industry governing association (SABOA), where safety and technical specifications of buses are developed. Dubigeon Factory has a strong association with the CSIR, where studies are conducted to improve the safety of buses. Dubigeon also has a strong association with the University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology (some students get their practical training from Dubigeon Factory). Dubigeon Factory has also forged strong commercial relationships with leading bus manufacturing companies (MAN, Daimler-Benz, Busmark 2000, Iveco) and other OEMs (eg Voith, ZF and others) to improve research and development skills.

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