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.
Given the marked differences in development we treat the bus builders by continent, recognizing that some brands operate globally and that the Chinese industry is expanding its sphere of influence. On these pages we only treat current bus builders, former ones that closed doors or were absorbed by large companies are treated on the country pages on our “a world of buses” subpage.
Click on the continent name to go to the respective pages: