Richards Coach Works
Bucher Municipal strengthens its leading market position in Australia with the acquisition of Richards Coach Works
BucherMunicipal, a division of Bucher Industries, is acquiring the Richards Coach Works business located in Sunshine West, Victoria. With this strategic acquisition, Bucher Municipal complements its extensive customer service network in the Oceania region.
Richards Coach Works was established in 1948 and is the oldest surviving motor truck body builder and truck repairer in Victoria. Richards Coach Works (formerly known as Stan Richards Truck Body Builders) have been servicing the Victorian transport and logistics industry for over 70 years. Since 2011, the business has been owned and managed by Ross and Martin Smith who have shifted the focus of the business to refurbishing and repairing refuse compactor equipment.
The Richards Coach Works facility is centrally located in Sunshine West, Victoria, including 10 workshop bays, a 15m blast booth and a 15m Spray ‘N’ Bake paint facility. Richards Coach Works employs 17 people and is widely recognised within the industry for providing a full range of services including smash repairs, hydraulic component and full body refurbishments.
Bucher Municipal holds a leading market position for municipal equipment in Oceania and provides extensive parts and service support through its national Customer Service Centers. Bucher Municipal will integrate the entire operational business of Richards Coach Works into its business in Australia.
Bucher Municipal is a leading supplier of vehicles and equipment for cleaning and clearing operations on public and private roads and other traffic areas. Its machinery range encompasses sweepers and sewer cleaning, winter maintenance and refuse collection vehicles and equipment. The product portfolio is supplemented by digital services. The division has production facilities in Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Denmark, Latvia, Russia, Australia, China and South Korea.
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