About Us


James McConnell founded the company in 1952 and the second generation of McConnell’s under the leadership of Denis McConnell continued to successfully run the business up until 2014. The APM group purchased the business and continues to build on the reputation for honesty and integrity that has been built over 60 years in the public transport industry.

We are active in market segments requiring passenger seating for:

  • Luxury Coaches, Day Charter and School Bus
  • Urban Buses
  • Rail & Light Rail systems

The preferred choice for most Australia and New Zealand operators, we manufacture and sell seat systems in all of the above categories. Our commitments to quality and safety have made McConnell Seats Australia the major force and market leader in the extremely specialised area of passenger transport seating.

McConnell Seats Today

Our large modern factory is located at Broadmeadows, Victoria, and provides the best in design and manufactured products and services. Our seats are completely manufactured in-house from the metal fabrication right through to the final trim. A high level of quality is assured through adherence to our quality management system modelled on AS/NZS ISO9001:2015.

Facilities include professional engineering and design personnel. Seat strengths and load applications for new designs are analyzed and tested in-house.

Products and components are certified to Australian Design Regulations and recognised standards. In a market which is becoming increasing safety conscious, we believe that our marketing and design team plus the latest in production and construction techniques allow us to offer far superior services and products.

We aim to be a globally competitive supplier to all aspects of commercial transport seating industry by providing total satisfaction that surpasses customer expectations. This is achieved by the continuous improvement of products, quality and an unrelenting commitment to customer service through the development of our highly skilled and innovative staff.