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NABI to lay off workers, start new developments in Hungary

The Kaposvár (SW Hungary) plant of NABI (North American Bus Industries) has been forced to slow production and lay off 60 workers due to financial difficulties in the U.S. state of California, however, the group wants to begin new developments in Hungary, the company told MTI in a statement.

The reason for the difficulties is that the Los Angeles transport company has put off orders for 100 composite buses originally planned to be delivered in 2011 due to financing problems. NABI said it will do its best to ensure that the plant will soon operate at full capacity again. As the first step, it will begin development of a new composite bus model as early as this month.

NABI, the third biggest bus maker on the US market, plans to continue to develop its Sirius vehicle line designed for the Hungarian and European markets, with suburban/intercity buses and gas buses. Furthermore, NABI is to start development of its 40-foot composite buses to meet the latest US market needs in order to bid in the new overseas tenders this spring.

NABI employs around 400 workers in the developments in Hungary, the statement said. The development of the composite vehicles is to start in Kaposvár at a value of USD 2 million.

NABI has developed Sirius, the first member of its new bus line, through investment of hundreds of millions of forints over the past two years, the statement said.

NABI's Budapest plant is operating as planned, producing steel-frame diesel, hybrid-fuel and CNG-fuel (gas) buses for Broward, Florida and Fort Collins, Colorado, among other cities. (MTI Econews)