DAF stands for Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek after the two brothers that started the company, but it wasn’t always named that…
In 1928 Hub van Doorne started his own business, the Hub van Doorne Engineering Works and Repair Shop. It wasn’t until 1932 that Hub’s brother, Wim joined the company and after deciding to focus on the production of trailers and semi-trailers, changed the company’s name to Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek N.V or D.A.F for short.
Another historical change for the company came in 1948 with another name change, this time to Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek (DAF) which showcased the company’s decision to focus on the production of trucks and engines, which has remained to this day.
Over the course of 89 years, what started as a small engineering business and blacksmith workshop, developed into the fastest growing truck manufacturer in Europe. Now DAF Trucks is the marketing leading manufacturer in the UK with production facilities in Leyland, Belgium and The Netherlands.
We hope you enjoyed this brief insight into the history of DAF Trucks, you can find out more about the company’s beginnings here.