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Leyland Trucks hits half-million production milestone
Lancashire-based Leyland Trucks has celebrated the production of its 500,000th vehicle. The half-million milestone truck – a 16-tonne GVW DAF LF 210 – was handed over to customer, Minoli, at a special production line ceremony recently.
The Leyland assembly plant was constructed in 1979 with full production starting in 1980. Today, Leyland Trucks occupies an 86-acre site with 93,000 square metres of covered production space. A workforce of 1,000 includes several fourth and fifth generation employees.
The firm manufactures the full range of DAF trucks including the LF, CF and XF models, and now also the new-generation DAF range of XF, XG and XG+ vehicles.
The LF range – which remains one of the UK’s most popular lightweight fleet trucks – was entirely designed, developed and engineered at Leyland Trucks, while the factory is also home to a unique in-house body building programme. The Lancashire-based manufacturer has contributed significantly towards DAF Trucks’ 26-year position as UK truck market leader above 6-tonnes GVW – last year standing at 32%.
Jonathon Minoli, managing director of Minoli, said: “We, as a company and a family, feel very privileged to have been invited to Leyland Trucks to mark such a momentous milestone in the company’s history. We’re proud to know that our trucks are built in Britain and that we are supporting British industry.
“We’ve been a DAF operator for almost 40-years now – and our relationship with the brand has been built on quality and reliability, that in turn allows us to meet our customers’ needs, day after day and year after year.”