February 13, 2012

Valmet Automotive, Solaris S.A. to cooperate in Finland

Valmet Automotive, experienced service provider for the automotive industry, and leading European bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. have signed an agreement on cooperation in Finland. Based on the agreement Valmet Automotive will consult and support Solaris’ entry to the Finnish market area. Possibilities for product development cooperation are also being considered.

Valmet Automotive reinforces its Business Services with a cooperation agreement with the Polish bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach. Within the open-ended agreement, Valmet Automotive has a versatile role as Solaris’ partner in Finland. Solaris will operate as the importer of its busses. A local partner, Pehycon, will be responsible for service and maintenance.

Valmet Automotive intends to expand the Business Services considerable in the next few years. The Solaris agreement extends the service offering to buses, and enables Valmet Automotive to use its strong expertise in marketing consulting.

”Bus operators in Finland have been waiting for Solaris’ entry. We are pleased that we can help Solaris in their efforts in Finland from the very beginning. Solaris introduces several interesting, modern and competitive alternatives”, says Mr. Hans Svensson, Sales and Marketing Director, Business Services, Valmet Automotive.

Solaris was founded in 2001, and has an annual turnover of EUR 290 million. The company is acknowledged for its comprehensive and advanced product range, including hybrid, gas and diesel buses, trolleys and trams. Solaris’ first full electric bus is already in test drive stage. The main Solaris market areas are Poland, Germany, Italy, Central Europe and Scandinavia.

”Solaris intends to establish itself strongly in Scandinavia, and entry in Finland is a strategic choice. We are pleased to have Valmet Automotive, a well-known and capable partner in Finland”, says Ms. Malgorzata Olszewska, Global Sales and Marketing Director, Solaris.

Further information:
Hans Svensson, Sales and Marketing Director, Valmet Automotive
Tel. +358 400 355 378
E-mail: hans.svensson@valmet-automotive.com

Valmet Automotive is an experienced provider of automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, convertible roof systems and related business services. Our special areas of expertise are premium cars, convertibles and electric vehicles. We employ 1,700 professionals in Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, China and the USA.