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Our History

1946

1946

Start up of business using wood as raw material in the coach and bus body building.

1955

1955

Salvador Caetano introduces in Portugal the use of steel in coach and bus body manufacturing.

1966

1966

The new plant in Gaia starts its activity.

1967

1967

First coaches are exported to England.

1989

1989

Gaia plant is certified for its QUALITY SYSTEM in accordance with the European regulation NP EN 29002:1988 (5th certificate and 1st in the automotive sector in Portugal).

1990

1990

Start of production of COBUS airfield buses.

1994

1994

Optimo is elected the “Mini/Midi bus of the year” in the United Kingdom.

1996

1996

Gaia plant is certified for its Quality System in accordance with the European regulation NP EN ISO 9001:1995 .

1997

1997

“GREEN PROGRAMME” was launched to steer the environmental activities of the company.

1999

1999

Model ENIGMA is awarded by the Portuguese Design Centre.

2002

2002

Start of business of CaetanoBus, Fabricação de Carroçarias, S.A.;
Construction of the first city buses in aluminum for Connexxion, in the Netherlands.

2004

2004

Certification according to NP EN ISO 14001:1999 APCER.

2005

2005

CaetanoBus S.A introduces the first coach in Europe with front entrance accessibility for wheelchair users.

2009

2009

Portuguese Design Centre awards prize Sena da Silva to COBUS 3001.

2010

2010

The German participation in the capital of the company ended in January 2010, and Salvador Caetano Group acquired all the shares formerly held by Daimler.

2011

2011

Honourable Mention in the Design Management European Awards;
Honourable Mention in the Green Project Awards for the 100% electric bus.

2012

2012

Presentation of the facelift of the Winner model;
CAETANOBUS is finalist in the European Business Awards 2012-2013 in the Innovation category;
Delivery of 34 CNG city buses on MAN chassis to the English market.

2013

2013

CAETANOBUS begins exporting CKD kits for the new plant of Salvador Caetano Industry in China - Brilliance Caetano.

2014

2014

Launch of E.COBUS - the first 100% electric bus for exclusive use at airports. The project known internally as Diesel to Electric Upgrade consists of the conversion of used diesel buses in new fully electric vehicles;
CaetanoBus has secured a contract to deliver 20 Lion's City Midi units to Gibraltar.

2015

2015

CaetanoBus wins the Inovação NOS award - Big Companies category, with the e.COBUS business model; Delivery of 6 e.COBUS to the Stuttgart Airport; Development of a Double Decker Bus to the premium tourism segment; Launch of the new COBUS 3002; Launch of the new minibus iTRABUS S33; Delivery of 127 MAN Lion´s City Midi to the Bahrain; Certification OHSAS 18001:2007 / NP 4397:2008.

2016

2016

Launch of the new Double Decker Coach;
Apresentation of TOPAS - Interactive bus to the Porto and the North of Portugal Tourism.