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S'pore bus builders thrive despite China imports

Tapping the demand for buses from private transport firms, they offer customisation and access to servicing and repair

Mr Charles Tan, managing director of Lexbuild, says most of the company's bus-assembly operations are based in China's Fujian province's free trade zone, taking advantage of China's cheaper labour while using Singaporean know-how.
Soon Chow Corp's managing director David Soh says the company will set up a factory in Myanmar, where production costs are lower. It will, however, import its buses from there for the Singapore market and maintain its factory here for sales and repairs.


THE local bus-building business may sound like a sunset industry amid stiff competition from cheap Chinese imports, but it is actually thriving, thanks to the government's Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP) and Early Turnover Scheme (ETS).

ETS offers incentives for