Leyland Trucks gets growth boost

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Leyland’s manufacturing industry has been given a massive boost, after production at Leyland Trucks shot up by more than 50 per cent.

The historic truck builder, which employs nearly 1,000 people at its base in Farington and is synonymous with the town, announced the major increase in its output.

The news is a sign the company is recovering from what has been described as a ‘desperate’ trading period during the recession.

A spokesman praised the news and said figures meant the company was finally getting back on track.

He said: “This is partly a result of a desperate year the year before.

“Production reduced dramatically in 2010, so this is more of a return to what was historically the position.

“It’s good news, down partly to the success of vehicles being sold in the UK and European part markets.”

At the company’s lowest point during the recession, 500 jobs were lost and the company stopped taking on apprentices.

But in a clear sign the market is on the up, vehicle production grew by 56 per cent at the truck’s plant in Leyland, with 14,568 trucks produced in 2011, up from 9,290 in 2010.

- For the full story and reactions to the news, see this week’s Leyland Guardian

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