King Willem-Alexander visits DAF Trucks
The visit was made in the light of the impact the corona pandemic has had on the automotive industry.
The working visit to the Eindhoven region began at Nedschroef, a company that manufactures fasteners, machines and tools for, among others, DAF. Next, the King visited the production facilities at DAF, where he was informed on the impact the crisis has had and on the restart of the production process. The conversation in the truck factory with DAF employees centred on the adjustments that have been made in production and the effect these have had on the workers’ daily activities.
At the end of his working visit the King took part in a roundtable discussion – with high level figures from the Dutch automotive industry – on the consequences of the corona crisis for the sector in general. The participants discussed about the production locations that were forced to close abruptly and that have now started up again after making the required adjustments.
“It was a great honour to welcome King Willem-Alexander here. We greatly appreciate his interest and concern,” said Harry Wolters. “In particular, it represents highly deserved recognition for our employees, who over the past few months have contributed enormously to creating a working environment in which we can continue to manufacture our fantastic trucks in a safe and healthy manner, entirely according to the current guidelines. That’s something we are very proud of!”
DAF Trucks N.V. — a subsidiary of the American company PACCAR Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks — is a leading manufacturer of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks. DAF provides a full range of tractor units and vocational trucks, offering the right vehicle for every transport application. DAF is also a leading provider of services, including MultiSupport repair and maintenance contracts, financial services from PACCAR Financial and a first-class parts delivery service from PACCAR Parts. In addition, DAF develops and manufactures components such as axles and engines for bus and coach manufacturers worldwide. DAF Trucks N.V. has production facilities in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Westerlo in Belgium, Leyland in the United Kingdom and Ponta Grossa in Brazil, and 1,100 dealers and service points in Europe and beyond.