Sun Bus Tech Sdn. Bhd. (‘Sun Bus Tech’), a bus and bus body manufacturing company owned by the Sun Wah Group, has officially established its Headquarters, the first bus body manufacturing and assembly facility during a grand groundbreaking ceremony held at Senai Airport City, Johor on 23 November 2022. The project is aimed to provide high technology, quality economical services and products in the public transportation industry in stepping up its efforts to realise sustainable and fuel-efficient vehicles.
In welcoming Sun Bus Tech to be part of Malaysia’s development in the automotive industry, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman said “The investment by Sun Bus Tech is the kind of investment that Malaysia aims to attract and anchor. This investment project will create job opportunities for more than 200 jobs ranging from manufacturing front liners to managerial positions as it is set to commence in Quarter 3 2023.”
“Malaysia is a strategic and ideal sustainable investment destination for investors of EV-related industries to enter the Southeast Asia market. Besides the Malaysian Government’s EV policies, the continuation of new model launches of electric vehicles will contribute to the EV market growth in the country, in line with the Government’s strategic policy such as the National Investment Aspirations (NIA). We also believe Sun Bus Tech will be able to realise our country’s aspiration for a cleaner and sustainable environment, which is in line with the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principle” added Datuk Wira Arham.
The manufacturing of Sun Bus Tech will involve a total of up to 4 production lines which is estimated to produce more than 300 units of commercial vehicles a year. In line with the company’s vision of building sustainable and environmentally friendly products, Sun Bus Tech will be setting up automation feature in both its production and warehouse. The office and factory buildings will be installing solar panels, solar reflective glass to reduce energy consumption and adopting rainwater recycling in efforts to protect the environment.
Focusing on bus body manufacturing, Sun Bus Tech is the new name that was carried out by the industry pioneer Mr. Phang Sun Wah, Founder and Chairman of Sun Bus Tech, who has more than 50 years of solid experience started in the 70s said “It is our goal to contribute to a better living environment by enabling high quality, sustainable, emission-free and affordable public transport. With its technological know-how, the company has accurate structural design and competency to design bus bodies that can be assembled onto various types of chassis according to customers’ specifications.”
“Our vision is simple. We want to deliver economical, reliable, and progressive solutions to the demand of sustainable public transport. We play our part to contribute to a better living environment” added Mr. Phang Sun Wah.
Sun Bus Tech has collaborated with a Swiss partner, Carrosserie Hess AG, a leading aluminium bus body solution provider and supplier. Through this joint venture, its main objective is to enhance the manufacturing processes even further by adopting the technology from Europe which will be more durable and easier to maintain.
“We strive to provide the best quality, through proper product concept research, product planning, development, testing and its aftersales maintenance services. With the latest joint-venture with our Swiss partner, a leading aluminium bus body solution provider and supplier (Carrosserie Hess AG), we are confident that our product, adopting top technology from Europe, is long-lasting, energy-efficient, recyclable, corrosion resistant and easy for maintenance” said Ms. Shyan Phang, Chief Executive Officer of Sun Bus Tech.
Malaysia is the third largest automotive market in ASEAN, making the automotive industry a strategic perk to the country’s manufacturing sector. There are currently more than 30 manufacturing and assembly plants in Malaysia for motor vehicles which consists of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and scooters; as well as a huge pool automotive parts and components manufacturers. MIDA being the prominent promotion body representing the Government, will strive to facilitate and provide end-to-end support towards the Company’s project implementation and its future expansions moving forward.