PACCAR to manufacture DAF in Melbourne

DAF Trucks Australia (DTA) has announced that some DAF trucks for the Australian market will be assembled at the PACCAR Australia production facility in Bayswater, from the second half of 2018.

“The start of DAF assembly here represents a real watershed event for DTA and is an outstanding vote of confidence in PACCAR Australia and Australian manufacturing as a whole,” the company said in a statement.

While the majority of the DAF model range for Australia will continue to be imported from the DAF plant in Leyland in the UK, there is potential to extend DAF’s local production progressively in the short- to mid-term, the company said.

“As DAF’s volumes have increased over the past few years, local assembly of DAF trucks has been a discussion point in PACCAR, and we recently received approval to go ahead with plans to assemble DAF trucks on a dedicated line in the same factory where we build Kenworth,” said PACCAR Australia’s Managing Director, Andrew Hadjikakou.

“We are delighted to now be able to use the skills and facilities of Bayswater and its people to invest in DAF’s future here too, said Andrew. This is a great indication of the foresight and faith of our parent company.

“It makes sense to do this, to employ the skills and quality workmanship of our employees and further use the world-class engineering and production facilities of our Bayswater plant.”

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