15th October 2009
PM visits PACCAR's Leyland Trucks plant
Prime Minister Gordon Brown today (Thursday 15 October) paid a visit to Leyland Trucks,
the UK assembly plant of PACCAR Inc., in Lancashire.
During the one hour visit, on which he was accompanied by Andrea Paver, Managing Director
of Leyland Trucks, he was able to talk with a number of employees in the assembly areas and to a group
of Leyland apprentices.
The Leyland Trucks assembly plant is the only remaining volume truck manufacturing facility
in the UK and is acknowledged as the most efficient truck plant in Europe. It produces the full range of
award winning DAF branded trucks from the LF light-medium models to the award-winning CF and XF heavyweight
models. The plant also has a dedicated line for the assembly of fully-bodied vehicles.
Speaking of the visit Andrea Paver said: “The Prime Minister showed a keen interest in
our assembly operations and said that he was impressed by the commitment of our workforce to maintaining
high levels of quality and efficiency. He was particularly pleased to meet a number of our younger employees
undergoing apprenticeships or participating in our graduate schemes.
During the tour I was able to show him examples of some of the considerable investment
made by PACCAR in the plant, including our unique robotic chassis paint plant and one of the DAF Hybrid vehicles,
currently in field trials. We really appreciate the time the Prime Minister took to visit Leyland and understand
more about the commercial vehicle business as well as meet many of our great employees.”