DAF factories in Eindhoven (Netherlands), Westerlo (Belgium) and Leyland (UK), have restarted operations.

During the past four weeks the plants have introduced new hygiene and social distancing measures.

Across DAF’s production facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, hundreds of work stations have been assessed and adjusted. Tasks have been separated, routes altered and work schedules modified.

Measures have been implemented to enable workers to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres and cleaning products have been made widely available. As a precaution, production staff are now also wearing face masks. 

“For the moment we are less concerned about production figures,” said DAF president, Harry Wolters. “Instead, the safety of DAF and Leyland Trucks employees is our number one priority. That’s why the production volume is still relatively low.

“We will only crank it up when it is safe to do so. We are very glad we are in a position to supply our customers with trucks again because transport plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of society.” 

In the past few weeks, DAF says it has “maximised its efforts,” together with its dealer network, in the provision of service and parts to its customers. For example, all of DAF’s workshops were kept open and the helpdesk was available 24 hours a day.

“Service is part of our DNA; we will always be there for our customers,” added Wolters. “All staff at DAF are aware without transport, everything will grind to a halt.”