Australian Bus Body Builders

Updated 07 Nov 2007

Company Websites: (further details below)

Custom Coaches
Express Coach Builders

Body builders shown in bold are still producing bus bodies.

Name Description/Location
Alan B Denning Alan B Denning, Brisbane QLD  
Update: Nov 2003 - the company was placed into voluntary administration, but continues to trade for the time being.
Update: Mid 2004 - the business sold to a new company trading as Denning Manufacturing Pty Ltd.
ABM Australian Bus Manufacturing Co, Royal Park, Adelaide SA
The Adelaide factory of APG was purchased by a consortium of Jim Bosnjak (former owner of Westbus/National Bus); Custom Coaches owner Jack Violet and former federal opposition leader and now merchant banker John Hewson (first buses delivered during April 1999). 
Update: Mid 2000 - John Hewson sold his share in the company in ABM.
Update: Late 2000 - even though operating as the Adelaide factory of Custom Coaches, it has kept to producing only the range of former APG body styles - with the exception of putting CB60 fronts on 11 APG-type MAN low-floors for STA Adelaide. 
Update: 2001 - ABM is still building its own body styles, but has also been building some Custom Coaches style bodies.
Update: Early 2004 - trading name changed from ABM to Custom Coaches SA. 
AD Austral-Denning, Brisbane QLD. Acquired by AP
Alnor Alnor Body Works, Sydney NSW
Ansair Ansair Tullamarine VIC; Tamworth NSW; or Kingston TAS. 
Acquired by AP
AP / APG Austral Pacific Group, Geebung, Brisbane QLD; Tamworth NSW;
Royal Park, Adelaide SA; Tullamarine VIC
Ceased operations late 1998 after the collapse of parent company Clifford Corporation
Austral Austral, Brisbane QLD. Acquired by AP
Autobus Australian Autobus, Slacks Creek QLD
Ceased operation in 2006.
Bolton Bolton, Perth WA
Bus & Coach
Bus & Coach International, WA 
(are not technically a body builder, but import fully built vehicles from overseas)
BT Workshops Brisbane Transport Workshops, Qld. Following the collapse of the Austral Pacific group, BT Workshops completed a number of partly built Volvo B10L's. They then bodied two Volvo B6's (from body kits supplied by Volgren). They were then awarded a contract to body CNG-powered Scania low-floors, again from from body kits supplied by Volgren.
Bustech Ernest (Gold Coast), QLD. A new bodybuilder established in 1998, owned by the Calabro family (operators of Surfside Buslines and other companies)
CAC Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Melbourne VIC
Some vehicles produced were branded as "Comair".
CC /
Custom Coaches
Custom Coaches - Sydney NSW, (Originally known as CCMC (Cycle Components Mfg Corp))
Preston VIC, Arundel (Gold Coast) Qld & Royal Park (Adelaide) SA
Update: from Early 2004 the former ABM factory in Royal Park, Adelaide SA operates under the name Custom Coaches SA 
Coach Design Coach Design, Archerfield, Brisbane QLD
(formerly known as GBW)
Comeng/CVI Commercial Vehicle Industries, Sydney NSW (formerly Comeng)
Domino Domino Industries, Northgate QLD
Domino Hedges Domino Hedges, Northgate QLD
Denning Denning, Acacia Ridge QLD
Denning Manufacturing Pty Ltd
Commenced Mid-2004 after purchasing the business of Alan B Denning which was in voluntary administration.
Express Express Coach Builders, Macksville NSW
(formerly known as Nambucca)
Freighter Freighter Industries, Adelaide SA (became PMCSA)
Fuji Fuji Heavy Industries, Japan
GBW Gamer, Brewer & Winter, Brisbane QLD (later Coach Design)
Hilquip Hilquip Engineering, Perth WA
Jakab Jakab Industries, Tamworth NSW (no longer build buses but remain as a specialist vehicle builder (e.g. ambulances).
Update: Ceased operating completely approx 2003.
Leyland Leyland, Workington UK (Leyland Lynxes)
MBS Motor Body Specialists, Brisbane QLD (now Rogers)
Mills-Tui New Zealand based company which have obtained the designs for the 'Majestic' body, will build the 'Majestic' along with 'Valere' and 'Orbit' bodies. Commenced operations approx April 2001.
MCA/Motorcoach Motorcoach Australia, Brisbane QLD (incorporated into AP)
Motorcoach Motorcoach, Archerfield, Brisbane QLD.
The Motorcoach name was relaunched as a bodybuilder (approx 1999) by interstate coach operator McCaffertys, using the 'Classic' body style formerly produced by APG. After initially only building coaches for McCaffertys, they branched out into constructing vehicles for other operators.
Update: Ceased building buses early 2004.
NCBC North Coast Bus & Coach, Caloundra QLD  
NZMB New Zealand Motor Bodies
Nambucca Nambucca River Engineering, Macksville NSW (now known as Express)
Newnham Newnham, Melbourne VIC (now Custom Coaches)
P&D P & D Bodies, Murwillumbah NSW
Phoenix Bus Tamworth, NSW. Associated with Jakab. Acquired the former AP factory.
Set up initially to finish the remainder of the STA (Sydney) Volvo B10BLE contract,
the company intends to continue bodying buses. UPDATE: Mid 2000 - 
Phoenix withdrew from the bus building industry after failing to attract customers.
PMC Pressed Metal Corporation, Revesby, Sydney NSW; or Adelaide, SA
Acquired by AP
PMCA Pressed Metal Corporation Australia, Adelaide SA (Acquired by AP)
PMCSA Pressed Metal Corporation South Australia, Adelaide SA (renamed PMCA)
QBB Queensland Body Builders was formed as a subsidiary of ANI (Australian National Industries) to complete a Brisbane Volvo B10M contract started by Comeng (also at the time owned by ANI). Approx 70 buses were built from 1989 to 1990 to a similar design to the Comeng ones. No other buses were built.
QCC Queensland Coach Company.  Established in 1999, they purchased the plans etc. for the "Majestic" coach body from the failed Austral Pacific Group. Initially bodied coaches for Greyhound-Pioneer, but later built buses for others.
Update: Late 2000 - QCC have ceased operating.
Rogers Rogers & Sons, Wacol, Brisbane QLD
Smithfield Smithfield Bus & Coach, Sydney NSW (now part of Custom Coaches)
Superior Superior, Brisbane QLD
Volgren Volgren, Dandenong (Melbourne) VIC (also have a factory in Perth WA)