First Aussie-built DAF Truck delivered by PACCAR

DAF CF85 handed over to Cahill Transport

dan and michael cahill transport daf

This is a good news story – the addition of another brand to the Australian truck manufacturing portfolio.

DAF Trucks are now being assembled by PACCAR Australia’s manufacturing workforce in Melbourne.

For the uninitiated, the DAF trucks assembled here join products from Kenworth, Iveco, Mack and Volvo as now being locally manufactured products.

And now comes confirmation that the PACCAR manufacturing facility in Victoria is in line for a substantial expansion too.

PACCAR Australia announced back in December last year that they would start assembling DAF Trucks at their Melbourne facility.

That promise has now become a reality with the first Australian-manufactured DAF truck, a 510hp CF85 prime-mover, leaving the local production line this week.

Handed over to Cahill Transport Directors, Michael & Daniel Cahill (as seen above), PACCAR Australia boss, Andrew Hadjikakou, saying it was a proud moment seeing that first truck roll off the line.

But he said getting a green light on the Bayswater plant expansion from headquarters in the U.S. is also great news.

“By 2021 we will double our plant size, and this means we will be able to build more trucks with higher levels of quality and better safety.

“This announcement sends a clear message to our dealer network and customer base that DAF Trucks Australia is here for the long term.”

The PACCAR facility is now producing the DAF trucks on the same line as PACCAR’s big-selling Kenworth offerings.

The award-winning truck manufacturer currently employs more than 1,100 people directly, and many more through its independent dealer and supplier networks.

Mr Hadjikakou telling us the local production is great news for local customers as it allows for higher levels of customisation.

There’s also expected to be greater cost savings through local parts sourcing.

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