Our History

arielviewArdee Coach Trim Ltd was formed in 1989 as a community development project. Its aim was to create jobs in the Ardee area. Ardee Industrial Development Company, Ardee Credit Union, Ardee Parish Council and the St Vincent de Paul were all shareholders in the formation of the company. The company initially focused on coach and bus re-trimming. Frank Lennon was hired as manager one month after start up where he joined 2 other employees at this time.

In 1995 Frank & Anne Lennon bought the company, constructing new purpose built premises. We moved into this 5,000 sq ft building in August 1996. We have since extended our workspace five times and purchased extra land on two occasions. We now have around 12,000 sq ft and ample parking for approx 30+ coaches/buses.

After several years in business, it became apparent that there was a growing industry requirement in Ireland for the manufacture of replacement seat frames with seat belts. We met this industry need and tested our seat frames at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) in Warwickshire, England. MIRA is one of only two establishments in the UK and Ireland where seats can be officially tested and certified.

We have seats, which have passed all grades for seat belts M1, M2 and M3. This includes “lap belts” “lap and diagonal” belts and “all age belts”. We have also carried out a complete bus and a complete coach “pull testing” to meet EU directives. There are very few companies that have gone through the learning cycle involved in testing vehicles and seating to such an extent. This gives us a vast amount of mechanical seating and seat anchorage understanding. Consequently, seat manufacture, installation and certification became an extra specialty.

Having the approvals for seat manufacture allowed ACT to build the engineering and fabrication aspects of the business. With these developments our ongoing relationship with major customers such as Dublin Bus, Translink and Wright Bus, the company has gone from strength to strength, extending our range of products and services.

ACT now offers an extensive range of products and services for PSV and associated industries. Our experienced work force and quality systems ensure that the all our customer solutions are completed to an industry-leading standard. All of our services are intended to reduce customer risk and maximize value.

We operate a NSAI approved Quality System at ACT. The ISO 9001 Quality Management System is audited internally and externally to ensure compliance with the top industry standards. By using this system we ensure quality, reliability and efficiency in all our products and services.