Milestones in DAF's history

DAF's history goes back to 1928, when the brothers Hub and Wim van Doorne laid the foundations for what has now become DAF Trucks. What started as a small engineering business and blacksmith workshop, developed into the fastest-growing truck manufacturing business in Europe.   

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  • 1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

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    1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

    Description

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business, with financial assistance from Mr Huenges, director and owner of Coolen’s Brewery and Ice Factory: the Hub van Doorne Engineering Works and Repair Shop is a fact.

  • 1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

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    1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

    Description

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers. The name of the company is changed to ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagenfabriek N.V.’, or D.A.F. for short.

  • 1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

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    1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

    Description

    For the production of trailers several revolutionary constructions are developed, such as a lightweight chassis, an automatic semi-trailer coupling system and a brake system.

  • 1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

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    1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

    Description

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army, Hub van Doorne develops the TRADO construction, to convert a single driven rear axle into a double driven tandem axles. Many 4x2 army vehicles are retrofitted with the TRADO axle.

  • 1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

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    1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

    Description

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into ‘Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek’.

  • 1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

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    1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

    Description

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine.

  • 1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

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    1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

    Description

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press: the A-30 (3 tonnes) and the A-50 (5 tonnes). The vehicles are characterized by a grille with seven chromium strips and form the basis for the forward control trucks (cab over engine).

  • 1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

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    1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

    Description

    The new DAF truck factory is opened. Stretching along Geldropseweg in Eindhoven, the new plant enables production to be increased to 10-12 trucks per week.

  • 1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

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    1928 - Foundation

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business.

    Description

    Hub van Doorne starts his own business, with financial assistance from Mr Huenges, director and owner of Coolen’s Brewery and Ice Factory: the Hub van Doorne Engineering Works and Repair Shop is a fact.

  • 1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

    More details

    1932 - Trailers

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers.

    Description

    The decision is taken to concentrate on the production of trailers and semi-trailers. The name of the company is changed to ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagenfabriek N.V.’, or D.A.F. for short.

  • 1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

    More details

    1933 - Lightweight

    Serveral revolutionary constructions are developed for...

    Description

    For the production of trailers several revolutionary constructions are developed, such as a lightweight chassis, an automatic semi-trailer coupling system and a brake system.

  • 1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

    More details

    1935 - TRADO

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army...

    Description

    Together with Captain of artillery Van der Trappen of the Dutch army, Hub van Doorne develops the TRADO construction, to convert a single driven rear axle into a double driven tandem axles. Many 4x2 army vehicles are retrofitted with the TRADO axle.

  • 1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

    More details

    1948 - Name change

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into...

    Description

    The name ‘Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek’ is changed into ‘Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek’.

  • 1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

    More details

    1949 - Slider engine

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine....

    Description

    DAF produces a coach chassis with a slider engine.

  • 1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

    More details

    1949 - Truck chassis

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press...

    Description

    DAF presents its first two truck chassis to the press: the A-30 (3 tonnes) and the A-50 (5 tonnes). The vehicles are characterized by a grille with seven chromium strips and form the basis for the forward control trucks (cab over engine).

  • 1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

    More details

    1950 - New truck factory

    The new DAF truck factory is opened...

    Description

    The new DAF truck factory is opened. Stretching along Geldropseweg in Eindhoven, the new plant enables production to be increased to 10-12 trucks per week.

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