The Irizar brand

About Irizar Southern Africa

Stronger and younger than ever

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Founded in 2004 Irizar Southern Africa, moved to the current premises in 2006. From the outset the company has been wholly owned by the Irizar group.

The facility houses a PKD production operation where coach bodies fully built and imported from Irizar Brazil are mated to locally assembled chassis supplied by major European brands. With a capacity of 50 units/annum, sales volumes are bolstered by additional units imported fully built in Brazil, depending on the complexity and lead time requirements of the customer order.

The operation supplies all of southern Africa operating right-hand drive vehicles and since commencing sales has supplied over 900 coaches

into eight different countries, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

The premises which is located just outside South Africa’s capital, Pretoria sits astride the major highway into Southern Africa and accommodates coach production, coach repairs, spare parts, sales and administration facilities.

The only European coach manufacturer represented in the Southern African Market, Irizar has gained and maintains a reputation for safety, quality and comfort as befits the global values of the brand.

Products and technology

Sustainable coaches and buses with the Irizar brand and technology

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Our strategic lines include the development of Irizar brand and technology products and a clear commitment to increasing our technological capacity and industrial diversification.

We offer customers a high added value by providing products created and developed thanks to the knowledge of the whole group, and designed for the Premium segment, which provide a differential in safety, reliability, sustainability, technology, service and profitability.

This led to the birth of Creatio, the Irizar Group Research and Development Centre.  Creatio enhances the Group’s capacity for applied research and technological development for its products and systems.

Creatio works in long-term innovation, with a view to improving sustainable competitiveness in the future and generating wealth and employment as it grows.

Creatio combines the technological capabilities and synergies of the Group companies and is the result of the Irizar Group’s key strategy of a constant commitment to industrial innovation. It is currently working on more traditional projects such as systems integration and firmly supports the new development of integral coaches and Irizar’s electromobility line.

 

Customer loyalty

By and for the customer

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The brand is our greatest asset and an undisputed icon of our strategy to maximise the value of our customers, providing them with the best products and services tailored to their needs and offering them the guarantee of a solid project in which to trust. All this forms part of a strategy based on customer relations and building a direct relationship in order to gain their loyalty and trust.

We work hard every day to achieve a leading position in the bus and coach sector. Management excellence and the commitment of our employees to encourage communication, participation, self-management and teamwork in the search for an environment in which everyone can contribute something to the project according to their opportunities and dreams, as well as efficiency, are the key to our future success.

Design and innovation

The key pillars on which the strength of the Irizar brand is built

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Design, innovation and the development of cutting-edge technologies and solutions on our buses and coaches are some of the pillars on which the Irizar brand is built and which form part of our culture and identity.

We are continually working on projects to improve the production plants, on the image of the facilities, on new technologies, on product and service innovation and on strategy and management, enabling us to have a flexible organisation that is always moving forward.

Increasingly intense efforts are dedicated to attracting knowledge and talent, thus increasing the capacity to create innovative products and cutting-edge technology.

The Irizar Group Research and Development Centre enhances the Group’s capacity for applied research and technological development for its products and systems. Creatio is committed to long-term innovation, with a view to improving sustainable competitiveness in the future and generating wealth and employment as it grows. We also collaborate with technology centres and independent institutes and engineering firms worldwide.

+ Industrial innovation

Its focus on the brand and integral products has seen Irizar make a firm commitment to industrial diversification and technology while also enhancing the quality and reliability of its products.  We are creating new generations of coaches which are leading the way in innovation due to always providing added value in terms of design, aerodynamics, comfort, safety, reliability, profitability for the operator, cutting-edge technology and systems.

In addition, Irizar is improving customer relations with its worldwide customers by adapting and customising all products and services to their needs, leading to enormous growth, particularly in Mexico and Brazil.

+ Technological innovation

Technological innovation is our strong commitment to the future.
The lines of research in which we are currently involved include the integration of body parts, the integration of multiplex systems and the massive incorporation of electronics (MMI).

What’s more, we are providing more in terms of safety by offering the Magic Eye, which is a technologically advanced assistance system developed by Datik, an Irizar Group company, which helps to minimise the risk of distraction and collision by detecting and anticipating situations using radar and artificial vision technology, thereby contributing to a more reliable and safe driving.

The DCB (Datik Computing Board) is a device capable of reading any information generated by vehicles, and the iPanelis a toolkit that uses the latest technology so that any customer may enjoy a central specialised technical support in order to optimise the performance and profitability of the fleet, in addition to performing a thorough monitoring of costs and efficiency.

We work to transform the data and simplify it so that it is useful when making important decisions, offering integrated and tailored solutions to the needs of each customer.
Similarly, EcoAssist is a fuel-saving solution that shows the driver a series of instructions that optimise his or her driving style. It provides efficiency data on fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions directly from the vehicle in order to assist in decision-making and optimising resources.

A global service that enables a better managed, safer, more efficient and sustainable transport.

+ Innovation in sustainability

Innovation in sustainability, protecting the environment and preserving the future for generations to come is among our strategic priorities for the future. To those ends, we are immersed in making advancements in energy efficiency, optimising waste treatment in all our companies and reducing the environmental impact caused by our activity and products in order to contribute to improving the health and quality of life for society.

Along these lines, We took a big step in 2011 with the creation of a business area dedicated to electromobility. Currently, Irizar provides complete mobility systems, including 100% electric buses and all the main infrastructure systems needed for charging, drive systems and energy storage, all of which have been designed and manufactured using 100% Group technology and come with the Irizar guarantee and service quality.

Strength and growth

We build trust

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Our commitment to customers, innovation and technology already spans more than 125 years and this has enabled us to grow in size and capabilities, making us a strong international company that builds trust. Our future strategy is based on growth in the areas in which we operate, as well as on opening new markets, provided they contribute to profitable products.

The end goal of the industrial diversification strategy initiated in 2009 is to position the Irizar brand as a leader in innovation, renewing and expanding its range of products to increase efficiency and competitiveness in order to create wealth and employment.

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