Vehicle lighting manufacturer Optronics International has been named exclusive lighting supplier to Collins Bus Corp.

According to Collins officials, the move comes amid the school bus manufacturer’s renewed commitment to increasing efficiency while maintaining quality standards. With the choice of Optronics as its single-source provider, Collins will consolidate lighting purchases, transitioning from six lighting suppliers to one.

In preface to designing its newest Type A school bus, Collins conducted research among drivers, mechanics, transportation directors, contractors and parents across North America. Maintaining the highest safety standards was paramount among the participant feedback, followed closely by issues of affordability, flexibility, visibility and serviceability.

“Optronics has demonstrated an exceptional interest in serving our needs as an OE. Their broad product line, coupled with their custom-engineering capabilities, gives us ultimate design flexibility and improved vehicle serviceability,” said Matt Scheuler, president of Collins Bus Corp. “Having a sole lighting supplier like Optronics, known for its quality products, enhances our vehicles and our customers’ satisfaction.”

Optronics has already worked with Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), the parent company of Collins Bus. ASV has named Optronics one of its key suppliers for its Champion Bus, ElDorado National and Goshen Coach brands.

“We’re excited and honored to be selected as the sole lighting supplier by Collins Bus,” said Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International. “Optronics is committed to serving customers like Collins and ASV by delivering more innovative products and greater value, while setting industry standards for customer service and support.”

The transition to Optronics is effective immediately, and Collins officials said that they expect the consolidation, standardization of parts, reduced inventory and move to just-in-time delivery to make an immediate positive impact.

In addition to supplying standard lighting products out of its lighting catalog, Optronics has been called upon to provide custom-engineered solutions for Collins.

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