1,000th DAF truck is assembled in Taiwan 23 December 2011

The 1,000th locally assembled DAF CF85 truck came off the production line at FASC (Formosa Automobile Sales Corporation) in Taiwan last week.

FASC recorded the achievement on Friday 16 December 2011, and follows DAF's start-up in Taiwan in 2006, leading last year to its position as market leader among European brands in the heavy tractor market in the region.

On average, 10 CF trucks are assembled each week, using CKD (completely knocked down) packages, shipped from DAF Trucks in Eindhoven to Taipei.

DAF trained the assembly staff from FASC, and states that the quality of trucks assembled in Taiwan is the same as vehicles manufactured in Eindhoven or Leyland.

Michiel Kuijs, managing director for sales operations at DAF Trucks NV, explains that DAF supplies two- and three-axle CF85 tractors and rigids to the Taiwanese market.

"FASC is a leading and professional partner that is determined to further enhance DAF's position in Taiwan," states Kuijs.

"By working with DAF, our aim is to further enhance our market position, and our objective for 2012 is to register 650 CF vehicles, compared with the 450 this year," comments Seiko Chen, chairman of FASC.

"We are also investigating the possibilities to locally assemble the DAF LF distribution truck," he adds.

Brian Tinham

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