1. Our goals are strengthening the Hungarian bus manufacturing and related supply industries as well as enhancing and improving their job retention potential within the context of the Government’s priorities and action plan set for the automotive industry. These goals are focused on reinvigorating the knowledge base that still exists in Hungary for bus manufacturing, promoting cooperation amongst active bus manufacturers and their suppliers, creating the highest possible added value in Hungary and strengthening these businesses.
2. Following the financial crisis, actions that generate demand are required to contribute to the preservation of jobs in the automotive industry where the job retention potential has significantly dropped due to the crisis. (According to ACEA data, vehicle production capacity decreased by 35% on average in EU Member States in 2008).
3. Outlining alternative solutions for the current situation caused by the aging bus fleets of both state and municipally owned transportation companies.
4. Taking into account the short-distance regional public transportation concept.
5. As a consequence of the preceding items, reinstating the international competitiveness of Hungarian bus and component manufacturing.
In connection with the aforementioned goals, the Cluster has identified the following objectives:
I. Harmonizing Supply and Demand in Regard to Bus Purchases and Production
The Hungarian Bus Manufacturers’ Cluster intends to prepare for bus manufacturers a comprehensive medium-term outlook for publicly funded demand broken down by bus model, in order to allow them to determine in advance their production and development capacities as a function of the expected demand. In this context, the Programme Office has initiated consultations between MNV Zrt. and MABUSZ. As a result of the steps taken for coordination, the Bus Rehabilitation Programme Office has received from MNV Zrt. a document containing the cumulative demand data derived from the VOLÁN companies’ business plans broken down by year, featuring the following aggregate figures: 248 standard buses, 30 articulated buses and 5 midi buses.
Consensus has been reached on the manufacturers’ side as to the need for preparing a Procurement Code of Ethics for the equal treatment of domestic manufacturers and ensuring fair competition between them. The bus cluster BRP will conduct negotiations with VOLÁN companies, municipal companies and the BKV (Budapest Transport Company) on the Procurement Code of Ethics, demonstrating the importance of having a Procurement Code of Ethics to VOLÁN companies on behalf of MNV Zrt.
II. Pursuing Interests within A Cooperative Framework
Based on the demand specified above and development needs, there is a principal need to establish a cluster of bus manufacturers that is organized around shared interests and tasks and bound together with ties stronger than those of an interest group, where participants may cooperate in the following areas:
• Joint development efforts, sharing of development results, idea management;
• Joint purchases;
• Development of uniform “Hungarian” standards to increase efficiency;
• Cooperation to expand domestic and export sales; and
• Pursuing interests.
III. Expansion of Hungarian Bus Manufacturers’ Exports and Export Promotion
The Cluster undertakes to promote Hungarian bus manufacturers’ exports and harmonize foreign inquiries with the available Hungarian production capacities, paying particular attention to emerging markets (such as Tunisia and Egypt).
In addition, the Cluster undertakes to increase openness on the bus manufacturers’ side toward export activities.
IV. Supporting the Development of Zero Emission Technologies and Alternative Fuel Buses
The Cluster will take an active part in searching for and utilizing available grants to apply for (see: cluster applications for subsidy programmes), provide assistance in the application of zero emission technologies and act as a coordinator or catalyst for certain projects.