The manufacturer of DAF Trucks in UK, Leyland Trucks has won the Queen’s award for enterprise for 2020 in the International Trade category.  In addition to the manufacture of the full range of DAF Trucks for the UK market in right hand drive, the plant also produces trucks for export overseas.

Leyland Trucks Lancashire Plant
The Leyland Trucks Lancashire Plant

If such public gatherings are permitted by the Summer, representatives from the manufacturer will attend a Royal reception and can use the Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

About Leyland Trucks

Leyland Trucks is a wholly owned PACCAR business (the company that owns DAF Trucks) and operates from a production facility in Lancashire that has been producing the full range (LF, CF, and XF) of market-leading DAF commercial vehicles for 20 years. The lightweight LF range was entirely designed, developed and engineered at Leyland Trucks, while the factory is also home to a unique in-house body-building programme. In 2018, DAF Trucks’ CF and XF ranges were voted International Truck of the Year; an accolade the company has received for the fifth time.

DAF – Market Leaders

2019 saw DAF Trucks post its best-ever yearly performance figures in the UK, capturing just over 30% of the market above 6.0-tonnes GVW and bringing about 25 uninterrupted years as UK market leader. Leyland Trucks produced over 19,000 DAF vehicles last year for domestic and overseas markets, with vehicles exported to over 50 countries worldwide.

DAF Trucks UK Managing Director Laurence Drake said:

“This is fantastic news for Leyland Trucks and its employees. World-class commercial vehicle design and manufacture is alive and well in Lancashire, as attested to by our customers who continue to place their trust in the DAF brand – thanks in no small part to the outstanding quality built into every single truck. This is an outstanding award to receive and is thoroughly deserved for the continual focus on quality and customer needs.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise follows a number of prestigious awards for Leyland Trucks in recent years, including the RoSPA Patron’s Award in 2020 for safety, the PACCAR Presidents Cup for Improvements in Safety in 2018 and the MX Award in Partnership with Education in 2017.

Brennan Gourdie – Managing Director, Leyland Trucks
Brennan Gourdie – Managing Director, Leyland Trucks

Leyland Trucks Managing Director, Brennan Gourdie said:

“Our reputation as an outstanding truck manufacturer, not just in the UK but around the world, is led by the passion of our outstanding local workforce and exceptional DAF distribution network.  Without them, we couldn’t have achieved our exporting success, and this award reflects their exceptional commitment, talent and hard work.