Leyland Trucks, which makes DAF commercial vehicles, has won Best Overall Business at the 2010 Manufacturing Excellence Awards run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
It has also become the first firm in the event’s 28-year-history to win the top award two years in a row.
The Award is sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ Manufacturing Advisory Service.
Commercial vehicles have been built at Leyland since 1896 when James Sumner and Henry Spurrier, got together to form The Lancashire Steam Motor Company. The first product was a 1.5 tonne capacity steam van.
In 1996 PACCAR acquired DAF and in 1998 Leyland Trucks. The company now builds vehicles for the DAF LF, CF and XF ranges.
Leyland also won the IMechE’s Award for Business Development and Change Management.