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500 DAF XF Trucks for Girteka Logistics

Mingaugus Raila, Chairman of Girteka logisitics and Preston Feight The leading European transport company Girteka Logistics has ordered 500 DAF XF trucks for its international FTL operations. “Based on the excellent reliability, safety and fuel efficiency, we decided to add 500 XF trucks to our growing fleet. The majority will be put into operation between July and October 2018”, commented Mindaugas Raila, Chairman of Girteka Logistics. “These new DAF trucks are part of our plan to further expand our business throughout Europe.” Since its foundation in the mid-nineties Girteka Logistics – with its headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania – has developed into...

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Scott Lewis is 2018 DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Champion

Scott Lewis (right), from operator Best Connection, receives the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018 trophy from 2016 winner, Paul Barlow Scott Lewis of the Best Connection driving agency has won the 2018 DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge – a UK-wide search to find Britain’s best commercial vehicle driver. In an exciting climax to the event, Scott edged clear of runners-up, Chris Ray from Waitrose, and Colin Court from construction materials supplier, Hanson UK. Following a robust selection process – including an invitation to non-DAF drivers – 20 of the country’s best truck drivers were set a series of rigorous challenges at a...

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DAF New XF delivers fuel economy boost for Stalkers

Stalkers Transport Services in Brampton, Cumbria, has reported ‘an uplift in fuel economy’ following the delivery of six DAF New XF 480 tractor units with Super Space Cabs and ‘FTG’ 6x2 twin-steer axle configurations. The New XFs are already delivering superior economy over the company’s same-spec DAF CF models, averaging 8.5mpg and improving week-on-week. Over 12-months and compared to the CFs’ average economy of 7.83mpg, this represents an increase of 8.6%. This latest fleet replacement programme also marks the haulier’s 50th anniversary and continues its long association with the UK’s market leading DAF marque. The New XFs replace a long-serving fleet of...

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DAF partners with VDL Groep for fully electric CF truck

DAF Trucks is partnering with VDL to release a first series of CF Electric trucks into operation with leading customers in the course of this year. The vehicles feature state-of-the-art VDL E-Power Technology for zero emissions and ultra-low noise. These field test trucks will be manufactured by DAF and the full electric installation will be completed by VDL Groep, demonstrating the strong cooperation between both companies in the field of electrification of commercial vehicles. *Customer First Technologies* “DAF has a strong history of developing innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers and we will continue to provide them the...

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Switch turns on with DAF

Switch International has added four New DAF vehicles to its fleet at the operation’s Andover base. A subsidiary of South Wales haulier, TWT Logistics Group, Switch runs a long-distance haulage business for customers along the M4 corridor, as well as a pallet network operation that includes regular Hazchem work, in the South Coast region. TWT owner, Trevor Taylor, bought the Switch operation almost 13 years ago and, along with the TWT fleet at his head office in South Wales, invests regularly in building and modernising both fleets. The latest order for DAFs takes the manufacturer's presence in the 80-strong fleets to...

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Experienced Parts executive Glen Crompton joins DAF Trucks

Highly respected commercial vehicle industry parts executive, Glen Crompton, has joined DAF Trucks as Parts Marketing Manager with responsibility for DAF genuine parts and for TRP – the company’s highly successful, all-makes truck-and-trailer parts brand. Glen replaces long-serving Stewart Davies who retires from the company. Glen’s remit is to enhance the already successful position of both the DAF and TRP brands in the highly competitive CV aftermarket sector. With the support of the DAF Dealer network – the UK truck industry’s largest and arguably best dealer network – including a growing network of dedicated TRP Shops, Glen is tasked with developing...

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DAF partners with VDL Groep for fully electric CF truck

State-of-the-art DAF CF Electric trucks put into operation VDL E-Power provides for 100 km range and fast battery charging Zero emissions in city distribution Ultra-low noise for quiet night-time deliveries *DAF Trucks is partnering with VDL to release a first series of CF Electric trucks into operation with leading customers in the course of this year. The vehicles feature state-of-the-art VDL E-Power Technology for zero emissions and ultra-low noise. These field test trucks will be manufactured by DAF and the full electric installation will be completed by VDL Groep, demonstrating the strong cooperation between both companies in the field of...

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DAF Trucks and PACCAR Financial rush to help TOM operators

DAF Trucks’ in-house finance division, PACCAR Financial, has reacted quickly to ease concerns of ‘financially stranded’ DAF operators with rental agreements with TOM Vehicle Rental after the Airdrie-based, nationwide rental firm entered into administration at the end of March. Within one working week, an emergency team of PACCAR Financial representatives had contacted all ex-TOM Vehicle Rental operators with DAF vehicles – totalling 100 businesses and several hundred vehicles – to offer funding support and to reassure them of continued DAF aftersales back-up. PACCAR Financial has since reported a significant uptake in rearranged funding contracts. PACCAR Financial has extended the same level of...

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DAF New XF 530 FAS heavy recovery unit for fast-growing RD Avery

Strong business growth, which has seen the operator double its turnover in the last three years, has seen RD Avery invest around £¼ m in a DAF New XF 530 FAS recovery unit. The Super Space cab of the rear lift 6x2 includes a host of driver safety and comfort features, while its Boniface body and the latest Mk.6 ‘K-Boom’ lifting equipment make it one of the most sophisticated recovery units in the UK. RD Avery specified the 16-speed TraXon automated gearbox and hub-reduction drive axle allowing the vehicle to run at up to 90 tonnes trainweight. “A lot of the...

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DAF European Technician of the Year 2018

Who is the best DAF Technician in Europe? To find out, DAF Trucks is organising the fourth staging of its DAF European Technician of the Year competition. The quest to find the best DAF Technician in Europe underlines just how important the intensive training of professional workshop personnel is to DAF Trucks’ aftersales portfolio. Technician Award Last year, DAF launched a brand-new generation of ultra-modern trucks. Following their relaunch, the New LF, New CF and New XF trucks continue to lead the way in areas such as environmental friendliness, safety, driver comfort and, of course, total cost of ownership.  DAF Technicians possess...

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HW Martin Waste enjoys boost from New DAF CFs

hw martin The waste and recycling operation of the diverse Martin Group of Companies, based near Alfreton, Derbyshire, has taken one DAF CF 460 FAT six-wheel draw bar units and two CF 460 FAD eight-wheel hook-loader as completion of its 15-strong order for DAF trucks in 2017. The vehicles are partly for fleet replacement, but overall the HW Martin Waste fleet has grown by some 35% this year. Speaking about the acquisitions, Geoff Kearsley, operations manager of the group’s vehicle and plant maintenance division, HW Martin (Plant) Ltd, which specifies, acquires and maintains the group fleet, said: “We have a very...

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DAF Trucks - 90 Years of Innovative Transport Solutions

*DAF Trucks - 90 Years of Innovative Transport Solutions* On 1 April 1928, Dutch engineer Hub van Doorne started a small construction workshop in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. From these humble beginnings, DAF has evolved into a leading global truck manufacturer focused on innovation, quality, and transport efficiency. The highly talented Hub van Doorne opened his small workshop in the corner of the local Coolen brewery in Eindhoven. Initial work included welding and forging for the city and local companies like lamp and radio manufacturer Philips. The Great Depression inspired Hub van Doorne – together with his brother Wim –...

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DAF Trucks’ New CF 8x4 provides solid credentials at UK Concrete Show

DAF Trucks will debut its New CF Construction ‘FAD’ eight-wheeler dedicated mixer chassis at this week’s UK Concrete Show 2018 at the NEC. Offering the lowest unladen weight from a dedicated ‘Mixer’ specification 8x4 the New CF weighs-in 250kg lighter than its predecessor, yet with a host of product enhancements to boost productivity, driveability and comfort. While the New CF benefits from a leaner profile, its specification remains uncompromised, retaining all its credentials for rugged reliability, though providing more refined driveability with uprated engines and drivelines. Concrete Truck Two vehicles are on display at the NEC. A New CF 450 FAD 8x4...

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‘New XF’ 480 DAFs confirm growth at 2MV Logistics

2MV Logistics has added two DAF New XF 480 FTG tractors to its fleet at its Portsmouth base. The haulage, groupage, HazChem and pallet services operator says it is seeing consistent growth, which fuelled its decision to bring fleet numbers up to 20. Managing director, Jim Tyler, says, “We know we are a relatively small player in the world of logistics, but, with our fleet profile further boosted by these modern 6x2 mid-steer DAF units, we are attracting more and more business from a loyal and growing customer base. Customers like to know they are dealing with a successful and progressive...

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Adam Baker named 2018 DAF Trucks’ UK Technician of the Year

Baker, from DAF Dealer, Chassis Cab, crowned top DAF Technician Award for Baker follows DAF European Technician of the Year title in 2016 Culmination of tough series of tests at DAF Trucks in Thame "He remains on course for perhaps another win at DAF’s European Technician of the Year, but, moreover, he is assured a highly successful career in the service and aftersales business.” Nigel Beckett, DAF Trucks Aftersales Director Adam Baker *Left to right: Adam Baker with Neil Hayes (Engineering Manager, DAF Trucks)* Adam Baker from DAF Dealer, Chassis Cab in Bury St Edmonds, has landed DAF Trucks’ highly coveted...

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DAF Trucks tops market in 2017

For a 23rd year in succession, DAF Trucks has topped the UK commercial vehicle market for trucks above 6.0 tonnes GVW. With figures released by the SMMT earlier this week confirming 13,301 registrations for the built-in-Britain marque, DAF Trucks ended 2017 with a 29.5% share of the market – almost twice that of its nearest competitor. DAF Trucks’ performance is set against a slight drop of 2.6% in overall market registrations in 2017 – from 46,231 in 2016 to 45,045. “Another year, and another record-breaking performance from DAF Trucks and our DAF Dealer network,” said DAF Trucks Managing Director, Robin Easton, “Our...

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DAF Trucks looks back at strong performance in 2017

DAF Trucks saw strong performance around the world in 2017. DAF’s European (EU+2) market share in the heavy segment (16 tons+) stood at 15.3%, and in the light segment it increased to 10.5%. In addition, a record number of over 9,000 DAF vehicles were registered outside Europe, while PACCAR engines sales to leading coach and bus manufacturers also reached a new record. “The European economies continue to perform well, leading to strong transport activity and truck demand”, said Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president. “DAF trucks deliver premium quality, low operating costs and superior driver comfort for our customers.” European truck industry sales...

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DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018 – the return

In response to the success of its first DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge in 2016, DAF Trucks has launched its second UK-wide search to find Britain’s best commercial vehicle driver. Following a robust selection process – including an invitation to non-DAF drivers – 20 of the country’s best truck drivers will be set a series of rigorous challenges at a two-day finale at the Millbrook proving ground on 19th and 20th May. The winning driver will emerge as the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Champion 2018. Drivers may be nominated or enter themselves, though all are required to undertake a demanding on-line questionnaire...

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DAF Trucks Presents Limited 90th Anniversary Edition

DAF Trucks presents the limited 90th Anniversary Edition of the New XF. This truck commemorates the fact that 90 years ago Hub van Doorne laid the foundation of DAF: now one of Europe’s most successful truck manufacturers. The anniversary edition features a premium option package, exclusive striping and subtle exterior design elements. To stress the exclusivity of this special truck it comes with the class leading Super Space Cab and PACCAR’s most powerful 530 HP/390 kW MX-13 engine. The 90th Anniversary Edition is limited to only 250 vehicles. It is available as a 4x2 tractor (FT) for the markets on the...

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PACCAR Elects Harrie Schippers as President and Chief Financial Officer

December 14, 2017, Bellevue, Washington – The PACCAR Board of Directors elected Harrie Schippers as president and chief financial officer (CFO) effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Schippers has worked at PACCAR for 31 years and is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer at PACCAR’s corporate offices in Bellevue, Washington. Schippers was president of DAF Trucks in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from 2010 to 2016. He earned a degree from Tilburg University (M.S. Economics). “Harrie is an outstanding leader and has contributed towards PACCAR’s excellent record of profitable growth including the recent introduction of the new DAF CF and XF trucks,...

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