The world’s bus industry is changing constantly. Mergers and joint ventures over the past decades created global companies with production facilities in various locations. Rules and regulations concerning safety and the environment promote innovation. Mass production shifts to countries with low labor costs while China and Europe are the leaders in innovation. At the same time there is an emergence of new small bus builders. There also is a huge support industry around bus building such as seats, displays, doors, electronics and batteries. However, our focus is on the bus builders themselves.
Africa’s bus industry is developing rapidly. After two decades of decline during which formal bus companies disappeared and the informal sector grew rapidly we see a reversing trend. Growing cities, a growing population with more means and growing economies call for organized transport systems. South Africa developed Bus Rapid Transit systems. In northern Africa modern light rail systems exist in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. Addis Ababa in Ethiopia opened the first sub-Saharan light rail system in 2015. More and more countries are modernizing their bus systems. This provides opportunities for the bus market.
Africa’s bus building industry is currently vey unevenly distributed over the continent with many countries not having any bus builders, still depending on imports of new or secondhand vehicles. With a growing demand for vehicles there are opportunities for investments and expansion. We’ll provide a basic overview of the current structure of the bus industry by country: the main companies, size of markets, legislation and structure of the industry, bus builders and dealers. And we offer our services should you require more information.
- Burkina Faso
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Cape Verde
- Guinea Bissau
- Congo, Democratic Rep.
- South Africa