Leyland Trucks, a subsidiary of PACCAR Inc and Britain’s only volume truck maker, has celebrated a significant production milestone as the 10,000th DAF XF model to be assembled at the plant was handed over to a conquest customer, Oakland Farm Eggs. Paul Evans, Head of Transport at Oakland Farm Eggs, was presented with the keys to the new DAF XF 105s by Leyland Trucks’ Materials Director Neale Handley. This is the first delivery of DAFs to the company.
“Out of twenty vehicles we now run at Oaklands, fifteen of them have Euro 5 engines, the cleanest engines you can get”, said Mr Evans. “The biggest factor to us in our choice of truck, is our quest for better fuel economy but coming a close second is the service of the vehicles. The DAF sales team has been extremely helpful in creating bespoke vehicles to help us carry out the varied tasks we need to perform on the farm.
“These vehicles will be used to convey corn, work around the chickens and transport eggs across the UK. The 24 hour workshop facility is exactly what we need since the trucks can be serviced at night and not interfere with our daily routine. They are in and out quickly and our drivers are supplied with a courtesy car in order that they can go to and from the workshop. Oaklands are hoping for better fuel economy on our daily travel throughout the UK”, said Mr Evans.
Oaklands, a family run farming business for over 60 years, is a leading egg supplier, producing and delivering half a billion eggs a year. The business was created by John Aled OBE and wife Olwen Griffiths and is now run by sons Gareth and Elwyn and employs over 150 people.
The DAF XF 105 vehicle range was introduced in 2005 and has since helped deliver DAF’s position as the market leader in tractor units in the European road transport industry.