DAF recently restarted production at its manufacturing facilities in Westerlo, Belgium; Leyland, UK; Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The company developed a series of social distancing policies at the plants aimed at providing a safe environment for employees, which included adjusting workstations, separating tasks and developing new routes as needed, and making sure that workers are 1.5 metres or more apart with access to cleaning solutions. All workers will also wear face masks.
Keeping The Transport Industry Rolling
During the four-week period that DAF worked on and instituted its new policies, the company’s workshops were all still in operation and it continued to provide 24-hour service via the helpdesk. That allowed DAF to continue supporting customers with parts and service even though production was temporarily shut down. The company stresses that this “will continue to be the case” as manufacturing ramps up again.
Safety Is The Priority
“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,” says DAF President Harry Wolters. “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. 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.”