So, the truck building industry is still alive in the UK. At least in Lancashire it is. DAF assemble almost all the trucks for the UK market in Leyland – and even send some overseas!
This is evidenced in the fantastic achievement of building the 100,000th CF and XF truck, with the example destined for the southern hemisphere.
The specific truck was a CF 530 ‘FAT’ 6×4 drawbar chassis and is part of a batch of four vehicles ordered by DAF Trucks Australia and is shortly to be exported, spec’d for the country’s fuel tanker market.
The Leyland production facility has been producing DAF-branded commercial vehicles since the late eighties. Nowadays, Leyland Trucks builds the full range of DAF LF, CF and XF chassis in any configuration. Most of the CF and XF trucks that leave the assembly line are produced for Right Hand Drive markets, such as the UK and Australia. The plant recently received the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020 for increasing exports by almost 50% over the last three years.
“This 100,000th CF and XF truck produced at the Leyland Assembly Plant is a hugely significant milestone for Leyland Trucks,” said Leyland Trucks managing director Brennan Gourdie. “There is a proud heritage of truck building in the UK and at Leyland, culminating with the production of the current line-up of DAF trucks today. 100,000 CF and XF chassis is a landmark moment representing an exceptional commitment from everyone here at Leyland and from the wider DAF organization world-wide.”