First DAF truck leaves company production line again
The DAF factories in Lyeland, Lancashire, Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and Westerlo (Belgium) have successfully restarted their operations.
Over the past four weeks the plants have introduced new hygiene and social distancing measures.
DAF president, Harry Wolters, said: “I am proud of the creativity and dedication displayed by our employees. We can now continue to supply our customers with the best trucks on the market.”
Across DAF’s production facilities in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium, hundreds of work stations have been assessed and adjusted.
Tasks have been separated, routes altered and work schedules modified.
Measures have been implemented to enable workers to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres – 2m at Leyland – and cleaning products have been made widely available.
As a precaution, production staff are now also wearing face masks.
Mr Wolters said: “For the moment we are less concerned about production figures.
“Instead, the safety of DAF and Leyland Trucks employees is our number one priority.
“That’s why the production volume is still relatively low.
“We will only crank it up when it is safe to do so.”
He added: “We are very glad that we are in a position to supply our customers with trucks again because transport plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of society.”