|Privately held company|
Number of locations
|Peter Dale |
|Revenue||$207.1 million (June 2011)|
Number of employees
|560 (June 2011)|
Volgren is an Australian bus bodybuilder.
Volgren was formed in 1977 by Melbourne bus operator Grenda Corporation in Dandenong, Victoria. Because Grenda held the Volvo Buses dealership in Victoria, only chassis from this manufacturer were bodied until 1989 when the dealership was relinquished.
In 1981 a plant was established in Acacia Ridge, Queensland by Grenda Corporation, Hornibrook Bus Lines's Geoff Mountjoy, Greyhound Northern and Stateliner. It bodied some Volvo B59 and B10Rs for Hornibrook Bus Lines and Surfside Buslines before concentrating on Twin and Double Deck Volvo B10M coaches. This closed in the late 1980s.
In December 2011, Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo acquired a 75% shareholding. In April 2014 this was increased to 100%.
- Dandenong, Victoria (VG) completed Volgren's first bus in October 1979
- Malaga, Western Australia (VP) opened in April 1999 to fulfill a contract to body Mercedes-Benz O405NHs for Transperth
- Eagle Farm, Queensland (VQ) opened in February 2010
- Tomago, New South Wales (VT) opened in March 2010, closed July 2012
Volgren have bodied a number of buses for Asian operators:
- Hong Kong
- Malaysia, a substantial number of buses were fitted with the Volgren bodywork as well. Examples can be found in the capital Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Johor Bahru, state capital of Johor.
- Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Volgren Australia Pty Ltd – 2006 Inductee Greater Dandenong
- "Industry News" Australian Bus Panorama 4/6 May 1989 page 5
- Geoff Mountjoy Archived 20 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine National Road Transport Hall of Fame
- Volgren Queensland (Acacia Ridge) Production Volvodemort
- Volgren Press Release Volgren 13 December 2011
- Marcopolo acquires remaining stake in Volgren Australasia Bus & Coach 7 April 2017
- Grenda Corporation – Heritage Fleet Archived 17 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine Bus Australia Fleet Lists
- "Volgren, Malaga" Fleetline May 1999 page 76
- Volgren Australia's bus assembly plant opens at Malaga Government of Western Australia 21 April 1999
- First bus rolls off Brisbane production line Volgren 3 February 2010
- Job creating bus building factory opens Volgren 15 March 2010
- Volgren Bus company to shut, 60 jobs to go Newcastle Herald 23 July 2012