Coachwork International was a bus manufacturer in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Founded in 1926 as New Zealand Motor Bodies, in 1983 it merged with Hawke Coachwork to form Coachwork International. It ceased trading in 1993.
|New Zealand Motor Bodies|
|Founded||26 May 1926|
|Defunct||5 July 1995|
Number of locations
|Products||Bus & coach bodies|
New Zealand Motor BodiesEdit
In 1983 NZMB merged with competitor Hawke Coachwork to form Coachwork International. Owned by Moller Corporation and Newmans, in 1987 it held an 80% share of the New Zealand bus bodying market. Production continued at the Palmerston North plant, while Hawke's plant in Takanini was retained, specalising in building and repairing buses for city authorities. Coachwork International ceased trading in 1993.
In 1977 NZMB obtained manufacturing rights for the Swiss Carrosserie Hess system. In the early-1980s, NZMB bodied 450 Volvo B58 and Mercedes-Benz buses for Singapore Bus Service. In 1981 it began assembling Plaxton Supreme bodies delivered in CKD packs from England.
- Company Affairs Auckland Star 5 June 1926 page 11
- New Zealand Motor Bodies Limited Pentone's First 100 Years Hutt City 1940
- New Zealand Motor Bodies plant, Keith Street Manawatu Heritage
- New bus body plant opened by major NZ builder Truck & Bus Transportation January 1978 page 114
- CI Sizes up the Aussie Market Truck & Bus Transportation April 1987 pages 60-63
- McCeystal, John (2007). On the Buses in New Zealand. Oriental Bay: Grantham House Publishing. p. 135. ISBN 978 1 86934 101 5.
- Aluminium buses for New Zealand Truck & Bus Transportation January 1978 page 65
- SBS buys bus bodies Business Times 3 July 1980 page 2
- Contract awarded to New Zealand Motor Bodies Business Times 20 June 1981 page 5
- NZ's first Plaxton Commercial Motor 8 August 1981
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