Production levels are to be increased at Leyland Trucks’ Lancashire assembly plant from March, in a move expected to create up to 80 new jobs.
The company says the increase comes on the back of strong demand for UK-built DAF Trucks.
All models in the DAF range sold in the UK, ranging from 7.5 tonnes to 44 tonnes, are now built at Leyland – some 15,000 units each year. The LF light/medium weight truck is also winning increased sales in Europe, particularly the newly-emerging markets of Eastern Europe.
Output is expected to rise by around 3,500 vehicles a year, taking volumes over the 25,000 mark annually. This will also be the third production increase at Leyland in the last six months, boosting production by almost 50 per cent compared to pre-September levels.
Managing Director Jim Sumner said: “The performance of our people has contributed significantly to improving our competitive position. This is further supported by continuous investment by our parent company PACCAR amounting to over £35 million in recent years, which has ensured that Leyland Trucks enjoys world-class manufacturing facilities.”