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08/04/2020

 


 Southeastern Stages Invest in Passenger Health & Safety with Air Purifiers from Prevost
 

Prevost has announced that Atlanta-based customer, Southeastern Stages, Inc. is investing in air purifiers for their intercity scheduled service fleet to support passenger health and safety. Prevost added the air purification option to its lineup of air filtration systems as part of the Prevost Clean+Care program

From Prevost:

Prevost has announced that Atlanta-based customer, Southeastern Stages, Inc. is investing in air purifiers for their intercity scheduled service fleet to support passenger health and safety. Prevost added the air purification option to its lineup of air filtration systems as part of the Prevost Clean+Care program to help operators ensure they are providing passengers with the safest transportation possible.

"Preparing the interior of the coach by cleaning and disinfecting before and after each trip is customary, but the challenge was how to keep it clean during a trip," said Brian Parker, head of operations for SES. "Introducing the air purification process through which the air is regularly refreshed ensures we provide a passenger environment that is as clean and safe as possible."

The air purification system generates ions which attach to particles suspended in the air inside the vehicle increasing the weight of the particles making them fall to the floor where they can be cleaned and removed. It also filters out viruses, molds, allergens, and germs allowing riders to be more confident in their safety while in the coach.

"The air in a Prevost coach is replaced every five minutes," said Eric DeGeorge, customer support manager for Prevost. "We're confident in the functionality of the air purifier system to improve air quality for drivers and passengers alike."

Parker said the installation process was completed quickly and with little vehicle downtime. "We were pleased to discover it's a fairly simple job," he said. "A Prevost technician visited us here at our shop and trained our staff so they can perform the work in the future."

Founded in 1933, SES has been a loyal Prevost customer for nearly 90 years. "The Prevost and Volvo family focuses on safety, so it makes for a great partnership," Parker said. "We are committed to the safety of our customers, and the purification system is one very significant aspect of our overall safety philosophy."

While the air purifier is maintenance free, coaches must still be cleaned on a regular basis according to the guidelines in the Prevost Vehicle Disinfection Procedure for the system to be fully effective. Air purifiers are available for Prevost X3 and H3 seated coach models, as well as Volvo 9700 models.

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  Motorcoach Sales Down 83% in Q2, according to ABA Foundation Report
 

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a massive decrease in sale

 


    From Metro:

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a massive decrease in sales from the second quarter in 2019: falling from 766 units in 2019 to 129 units (59 new coaches and 70 pre-owned coaches) in 2020, according to the American Bus Association Foundation's Motorcoach Builder Survey.

Overall, there was an 83% decrease in sales year over year, however, new sales of coaches 40 to <45 feet saw an increase of 75% over last year's sales. Pre-owned coach sales were down 150 vehicles and new new coach sales were down 294 units, combining for a total 444 less units sold in the second quarter compared to the first quarter of 2020.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated every corner of the motorcoach industry," said Peter Pantuso, president of the ABA Foundation. "When the industry's 3,000 motorcoach businesses are shuttered because no one is traveling or allowed to travel, businesses can't buy buses. The pandemic is having a ripple effect for the entire industry: if buses are sitting idle the suppliers in the industry are going to feel the brunt with companies not buying new buses, which means upholstery, parts, tires, etc., are all going to be hurting."

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  IMMI Acquires SynTec Seating
 

For more than 20 years, IMMI has engineered, designed, tested, and manufactured lap-shoulder belts, integrated seats, and portable restraints for school buses under the brand SafeGuard.While the complete SynTec product line will continue to be available, the brand transition to IMMI SafeGuard began on Friday, IMMI stated in a news release announcing the acquisition.

  
     From School Bus Fleet:

Seating safety product manufacturer IMMI has acquired SynTec Seating Solutions from Joyson Safety Systems.

SynTec, located in High Point, N.C., is the primary seating supplier for Thomas Built Buses.

For more than 20 years, IMMI has engineered, designed, tested, and manufactured lap-shoulder belts, integrated seats, and portable restraints for school buses under the brand SafeGuard.While the complete SynTec product line will continue to be available, the brand transition to IMMI SafeGuard began on Friday, IMMI stated in a news release announcing the acquisition.

"Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter for IMMI," said Tom Anthony, president of IMMI. "Our team has worked hard to design the safest, highest-quality seat on the market to protect our children. This acquisition helps to get us one step closer to the day that every child on every school bus will have a lap-shoulder belt when they’re traveling on our highways."


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