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DAF marks the 500th locally assembled vehicle

Commercial vehicle maker DAF recently celebrated the assembly of its 500th truck in Australia. The milestone was reached when Euro 6 CF FAD Rigid rolled off the production line at the Bayswater facility in Victoria.

The 340hp DAF CF FAD Rigid is also the first DAF designed locally for Australian-specific applications.

According to Felipe Rubio, DAF’s general manager, the truck was designed and designed for nearly two years because it was specially developed with tare-sensitive professional use in mind.

“Overall, it was a great collaboration between PACCAR and our Australian suppliers,” he said.

“Building on PACCAR Australia’s local engineering capabilities is a huge benefit to DAF customers,” says Rubio.

DAF has created a solution that seems to be excellent, especially in the waste management department, by optimizing the load capacity of the vehicle by significantly redesigning the chassis to save about 500 kg of tare weight. ..

Melbourne-based and Australian-owned WM Waste Management Services has purchased the 500th DAF truck. A rear compactor body is attached to this truck.

The CF 340 FAD is one of four trucks purchased for use in a green and hard garbage collection service.

The Bayswater production facility is currently in the process of an ongoing $ 37 million upgrade.

This includes a 1,500m2 factory expansion with upgrades to a paint shop with four new paint robots, frame, cab build, cab trim, engine assembly, and final line station layout improvements.

According to Rubio, these enhancements to production facilities will enable both PACCAR product brands to meet growing demand while increasing customer value through local engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

“In addition to a set of locally procured components, we also include chassis paint color options and a fifth wheel option to expand our DAF offering,” Rubio describes as an “evolving story.” increase.

“Another advantage for our customers is that we can achieve faster lead times,” he said.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, having the capacity to produce more products in Australia is an important but necessary investment to support our local presence for years to come. I’m aware of that, “he said.

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