MAN takes on over 800 trainees

Over 800 youths in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, France and Turkey have started their vocational training within the MAN Group, more than in the previous year. The high school graduates will begin their careers at MAN in 61 vocational professions, 47 of which are in technical training disciplines and 14 in commercial ones. The chances of being hired after the traineeship are very high, according to the manufacturer. In order to better inform youths about vocational training opportunities, a Facebook fanpage was created a year ago for German language vocational traineeships in the MAN Group.

Chief Human Resources Officer, Jochen Schumm, said, ‘Vocational training plays a key role in MAN’s ability to compete. We need the best and the most motivated trainees, especially given the looming shortage of skilled workers, in order to continue to be able to secure excellent quality for our products and services.’

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85 MANs for Switzerland

ImageMAN Truck & Bus Switzerland has won an order for 85 standard and articulated MAN Lion´s City Euro6 low floor city buses. The customer is PostBus Switzerland. The dealer is to supply the vehicles over the next two years, with the first being delivered in April 2014. The PostBus fleet currently consists of around 2,100 vehicles, of which 560 are MAN and Neoplan buses.

CEO of MAN Truck & Bus Switzerland, Marcus Gossen, said, ‘We are proud that PostBus, Switzerland’s biggest and most traditional bus operator, decided in favour of vehicles from MAN. We are convinced that this will have a positive effect, not only on our organisation, but on the Swiss bus market.’

Neoplans for Angela’s 60th

ImageTwo Neoplan Tourliners and a Neoplan Starliner have been added to Angela Coaches Ltd’s fleet. Their addition coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations. The Tourliners are based on the 12m P21 chassis powered by an MAN 440PS D2676 engine coupled with a ZF AS-Tronic 12-speed transmission. On board equipment includes 44 Kiel Advance seats, a centre toilet, cameras, a sat nav, an iPod dock and Alcoa alloy wheels.
Angela’s new Starliner is set to be the company’s flagship. It is specified with a 505PS MAN D2676 engine, leather interior fittings, a climate control system, tables with power sockets, privacy glass, Wi-Fi and a kitchen with fan ovens, a microwave, fridges and a coffee machine. Safety features include MAN’s LaneGuard, adaptive cruise control and electronic stability program.
The coaches were supplied by MAN Truck and Bus UK Ltd.

Mearns take Starliner 2

ImageA Neoplan Starliner 2 has been added to the fleet of Mearns Exclusive Travel of Glasgow. The coach has 53 seats, a 505bhp 12.4litre engine coupled with a 12-speed ZF MAN TipMatic transmission, a CCTV system and a toilet. It is for use to cover Trafalgar holiday tours. The vehicle was acquired with the aid of Davies Corporate Finance and was supplied by MAN Truck and Bus.

Pictured is Director of Mearns Exclusive Travel, Brian Murray. He said, ‘Since our initial introduction to David Davies of Davies Corporate Finance, we have worked very closely with him on new vehicle purchases. David has spent many hours working with new funders to assist in the purchase of our new vehicles. He has not had an easy task owing to our high gearing, but on every occasion he has managed to help us by securing excellent rates, saving many thousands of pounds. I would have no hesitation in recommending Davies Corporate Finance to any coach operator who is considering either a new or second hand vehicle.’

Silvercloud’s first Silver Service Tourliner

ImageSilvercloud Travel of Coatbridge has taken delivery of its first Neoplan Tourliner to Leger Holidays’ Silver Service specification. Based on the P20 model, it features 40 Kiel Avance seats, footrests and wood capped arm rests and grab handles. A conversion by A and D Coach Systems includes a rear lounge with four full leather reclining Captain’s style seats, eight channel multimedia modules and an on board vacuum cleaner. Other features include a Bosch Professional Line 3 coach system with sat nav and three roof mounted monitors. Philip McMurray of Silvercloud Travel said, ‘MAN Neoplan have provided us with not only a beautiful vehicle but a comprehensive back up package too.’

 MAN Truck and Bus supplied the vehicle.