Over the past few years, MAN has streamlined its bus/coach production network. The first step was to consolidate the coach aspect. MAN moved series production to Ankara and turned the site in Plauen into a Bus Modification Center. Step 2 is to merge the two sites in Poland into one site in Starachowice, which unfortunately means closing down the site in Poznań. Step 3 will then be to convert the plant in Salzgitter from a bus/coach and truck assembly plant into a component plant, and to move bus/coach chassis assembly to the Starachowice plant. As it stands, the plants in Ankara and Starachowice will easily produce 6,000 buses/coaches after this point, with the prospect of up to 7,000 or 8,000.
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