Leyland Trucks has lent its support to a unique project to champion UK truck manufacturing: the world’s first Truck Trail
The Truck Trail showcases the heritage of the UK truck industry and its deep roots in Lancashire, marking more than a century of truck manufacture in the region.
Leyland Trucks manufactures the full range of DAF product, of which approximately 40% is exported to all European Union markets and the wider world.
The line-up of trucks has been set up in partnership with Leyland Trucks, and a host of other Lancashire businesses. Each 6-foot high truck model was inspired by iconic Leyland Trucks models manufactured over the last 120-years, including the Euro 6 DAF LF and XF models.
The Truck Trail has been designed to inspire a future generation of skilled workers and will link up with an education project to encourage more young people to learn about engineering.
Ivan Shearer, HR Director at Leyland Trucks, said: “Leyland Trucks and DAF are proud to sponsor this exciting local community project.
“It is particularly pleasing to work with the project partners to encourage our local education sector to develop their vision of what a future truck might look like, and in doing so we will help inspire the next generation of manufacturers and engineers.”
The truck designs are the brainchild of Shane Friend, from Stone Create, and inspired by the success of the Superlambanana scheme in Liverpool, where businesses sponsored a trail of sculptures across the city.
Mr Friend said: “To see my initial idea for a Truck Trail come to life was incredibly rewarding and I cannot wait to see them all be craned into place. This is a fantastic opportunity for Leyland and one that I am incredibly humbled to be part of.”
Part of the sponsorship money will fund an education programme in schools throughout the borough to teach children about careers opportunities in advanced manufacturing and engineering under the banner of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Leyland Trucks has an extensive school outreach programme, working with young children through to university students, to showcase the importance of STEM subjects to UK manufacturing, and collaborating on specific design and engineering projects. School children will also be given the chance to design the 14th truck – based on the idea of ‘truck of the future.’
Councillor Peter Mullineaux, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “Truck manufacturing is right at the very heart of the fabric of the town and sewn into its heritage – the very heritage which this trail will celebrate in abundance.”
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