The Lancashire-based manufacturer, which currently employees 900 people, produces around 15,000 individually specified DAF trucks each year, shipped to markets across Europe, and further afield, including central America, Taiwan and Australia.
Judges credited the strength of Leyland Truck’s supply chain with the company’s ability to build its large range of vehicles to exacting specification within very fast lead times.
The company was also recognised for its use of a sophisticated material planning software and ability to maintain close links with predominantly UK-based suppliers for the powertrain element of trucks, with every effort made to ensure material availability stays high while inventory levels remain low.
Leyland’s production volumes have risen by 30% in the past five years, along with continuous improvement to its design, production and logistics to help the plant keep pace. This has resulted in huge savings from improvement projects and 95% of customer orders delivered on-time in-full with less than 1% off-line work in progress.
Bryan Sitko, Managing Director, Leyland Trucks collected the award on behalf of the company: “We are thrilled to receive this accolade, it is a genuine reflection of the hard work and commitment of every one of our employees.
“Our supply chain is critical to our success, so we must pay tribute to each link in this chain, both in the UK and further afield, who each contribute to the quality of our vehicles and the international reputation of our brand. It is this team work which is testament to British manufacturing at its best.”
Dr Marek Szwejczewski, director of the Best Factory Awards, said: “We hear a lot about the poor performance of UK manufacturing, especially the productivity gap. However, a visit to this year’s Best Factory Award winners quickly eradicates such misconceptions about the state of UK manufacturing.
“The best plants have been continuously improving in terms of delivery, quality, and importantly productivity... The Best Factory Award winners provide the benchmark of manufacturing excellence and we are very proud to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.”
Presented in London in front of an audience of more than 250 manufacturing leaders, ten different winners were selected across 14 awards, along with a number of Highly Commended wins, all championing UK manufacturing.
For more information visit: www.bestfactoryawards.co.uk