Leyland Trucks has celebrated production of the 100,000th DAF LF truck. Graham Bellman, group head of transport for Travis Perkins, was presented the keys to the truck by new DAF LF by Andrea Thompson, managing director of Leyland Trucks.
Bellman said the LF “is a product that is ideally suited to our multi-drop, short-haul operations. It’s the highest quality, reliable and delivers excellent fuel efficiency as well as presenting a great image for our company.”
The origin of truck-building in Leyland can be traced back to 1896 when James Sumner and Henry Spurrier formed The Lancashire Steam Motor Company.
Last month, Leyland Trucks was awarded the Shingo Bronze Medallion. Julie Madigan, chief executive of The Manufacturing Institute, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for Leyland Trucks who are only the 3rd UK company to be recognised with the global Shingo award.” The Manufacturing Institute is the Educational partner for the Shingo Prize in the UK and Ireland.
The Shingo Prize was established in 1988 to educate, assess and recognise world-class organisations for creating a culture of continuous improvement through employee-empowerment and effective leadership. It is administered by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and named for Japanese industrial engineer Dr Shigeo Shingo, who distinguished himself as one of the world’s leading experts in improving manufacturing processes.