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DAF Trucks keeps the cameras rolling

Specialist support-vehicle provider to the TV and film industry, Facilities by ADF, is expanding its exclusively DAF fleet with an additional 25 trucks to deliver on-location support for shows including The Crown, War of the Worlds, Peaky Blinders and the Marvel film franchise.

The Welsh-based company has confirmed DAF Trucks as its preferred vehicle supplier after committing to these additional vehicles in the first quarter of 2021. The trucks are being fitted with a wide range of body types and equipment to provide a full logistics support package for major production companies such as Sky and Netflix.

The order comes after 78 previous acquisitions representing a wide DAF range – from lightweight LF box-vans to maximum weight XF Low-Deck tractors – have entered service with the Bridgend- and Bordon-based operator over the last three years.

Facilities by ADF undertook a thorough evaluation of all major manufacturers for its latest intake of trucks before drawing up a shortlist of three suppliers. DAF Trucks was selected on its ability and willingness to provide exacting chassis specifications and to hit stringent lead-times. Vehicles have been funded on Hire Purchase agreements through PACCAR Financial, DAF Trucks’ own in-house finance company, which Facilities by ADF described as offering significant value for money.

Models include XF 450 FT Low-Deck tractor units and 16-tonne box-bodied LFs with 210, 230 and 260hp engine ratings, all spec’d with a huge array of body-types and equipment to provide a complete mobile filming set for TV production companies. Bodywork includes tankers, luxury artiste trailers, production offices, ‘honeywagons’ (WCs), generator carriers, costume and make-up caravans.