DAF to produce 1.500 trucks for Lithuanian market
The Belgian production site of truck builder DAF Trucks, located in Westerlo (Belgium), has secured one of the biggest orders in recent years.
The Lithuanian transport company, Girteka Logistics, buys 1.500 trucks that will be delivered as from from January 2019.
Active since 1960
The Lithuanian company placed the order with DAF Trucks in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). The Dutch factory manufactures the trucks, but the cabs and axles are manufactured in Westerlo.
“The factory in Westerlo has been active since the 1960s, when there was a shortage of personnel in the Netherlands. In this Flemish region (Kempen) there were enough workers after the closure of the mines and the loss of diamond cutting plants,” says Rutger Kerstiens, spokesman for DAF Trucks.
Lower fuel consumption
Lately the company is doing very well. “Due to the revival of the economy a lot of goods have to be transported with trucks”, Rutger Kerstiens continues. The Lithuanian company buys 1.500 XF trucks to transport goods over long distances.
“Our latest models are 7% more energy efficient than the previous models, which were already very energy efficient”, Kerstiens adds. Despite this order, DAF Trucks does not hire any extra people in Oevel. “Earlier this year, we hired dozens of new technicians,” says Rutger Kerstiens.
Larger bed makes DAF trucks more popular
“Another reason for the popularity of our trucks is the comfort for the driver. Our vehicles work very quietly and offer a lot of interior space, including a larger bed.
This allows transport companies to persuade drivers to come and work for them, which is very important, because there is a shortage of truck drivers.