Leyland Trucks of Lancashire announced this week that it has earned a 2020 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. In addition to 20 years of producing a full range of LF, CF, and XF commercial trucks for DAF for the UK, European Union, and other markets, Leyland Trucks is the home of PACCAR’s parts business in the UK. Both Leyland and DAF are PACCAR Group companies.
Leyland Trucks will receive its award at a royal reception this summer. The award enables Leyland to use the “highly desirable” Queen’s Award emblem for five years. In recent years, Leyland has also picked up the RoSPA Patron’s Award in 2020 for safety, the 2018 PACCAR Presidents Cup for Improvements in Safety, and the 2017 MX Award in Partnership with Education. “Our reputation as an outstanding truck manufacturer, not just in the UK but around the world, is led by the passion of our outstanding local workforce and exceptional DAF distribution network,” says Leyland Trucks MD Brennan Gourdie.
Leyland says its assembly plant is one of the most advanced truck assembly facilities in Europe. DAF’s lightweight LF range was designed, developed, and engineered entirely at the facility. Last year, DAF Trucks says it posted its best yearly performance figures ever for the UK, grabbing slightly more than 30% of the market for trucks above 6 tonnes (gross vehicle weight). For 2019, DAF says Leyland Trucks produced 19,000-plus DAF vehicles for domestic and overseas markets.