Boalloy builds at Leyland
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• Boalloy is to expand its Fastrack concept, offering inhouse bodybuilding on Leyland Daf chassis based at the Leyland Trucks plant in Lancashire.
The scheme was pioneered at Leyland in conjunction with Ryder, with more than 400 bodies built in the past 18 months.
The exclusive agreement has ended and Boalloy will occupy a new building on the Leyland site in June, with a capacity of up to 1,500 bodies annually.
The factory will supply fully equipped and prepared vehicles ready to drive.
Managing director Gerry Brown says: "The customer can have a standard body or specify whatever is wanted". Choices include curtainsiders, box vans. dropsides and tippers.
Brown hopes to build at least 600 vehicles a year based on Dutch-built Daf chassis as well as Leyland-built models.
Up to seventy employees will be recruited locally, and eventually there should be an in-house engineering and computer-aided design facility based at Leyland.
Brown also confirms that there is the possibility of making bodies for Isuzu Trucks (UK) Ltd Leyland Trucks is due to start assembling 3.5and 6tonne GVW trucks for the Lexowned Isuzu distributor from July this year.