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World’s first ‘Truck Trail’ to inspire next generation of engineers and manufacturers

10 May 2017 #CV Sector #News #TNB News

The Lancashire town of Leyland is celebrating more than 100 years of truck manufacturing and inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and engineers with the world’s first ‘Truck Trail’ display of model trucks.

The Truck Trail is in partnership Leyland Trucks and other Lancashire businesses, and features thirteen six-foot-tall model trucks. Each model from the Trail was inspired by iconic Leyland Trucks models manufactured over the last 120 years , including the Euro 6 DAF LF and XF models, showcasing the heritage of the UK truck industry and its deep roots in Lancashire.

The Truck Trail, which will be on display for the next six months, was set up to inspire a future generation of skilled workers and will link up with an education project to encourage more young people to learn about engineering.

South Ribble Borough Council Truck Trail Launch 2017

Part of the sponsorship money will fund an education programme in schools throughout the borough to teach children about careers opportunities in advanced manufacturing and engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

Leyland Trucks operates a school outreach programme, working with young children through to university students, to showcase the importance of STEM subjects to UK manufacturing, and collaborating on specific design and engineering projects. Schoolchildren will also get the chance to design the 14th truck – based on the idea of ‘truck of the future’.

Leyland Trucks manufactures DAF vehicles at its site in Leyland, of which approximately 40% are exported internationally.

Ivan Shearer, HR Director at Leyland Trucks, said, “Leyland Trucks and DAF are proud to sponsor this exciting local community project.

“It is particularly pleasing to work with the project partners to encourage our local education sector to develop their vision of what a future truck might look like, and in doing so we will help inspire the next generation of manufacturers and engineers.”

The truck designs are the brainchild of Shane Friend, from Stone Create, and inspired by the success of the Superlambanana scheme in Liverpool, where businesses sponsored a trail of sculptures across the city.

Councillor Peter Mullineaux, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, added, “Truck manufacturing is right at the very heart of the fabric of the town and sewn into its heritage – the very heritage which this trail will celebrate in abundance.”

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