DAF Philippines, a subsidiary of Pioneer Truck Parts (TRP), recently inaugurated its sprawling facility in Laguna. Situated in Pulo-Diezmo Road, Pulo, Cabuyao, Laguna (across Southbound Tollgate near the exit), the launch was attended by DAF Philippines officials and representatives from DAF Trucks Netherlands led by Benedict Allen Go, President and CEO of Pioneer Truck Parts and Equipment; and Geert Van Genugten, DAF Regional Sales Director for Asia. Also in attendance were government officials Rommel Gecolea, Mayor of Cabuyao; Nenuca Tangonan, TESDA Regional Director IV-A and Rizalina Gallegos.
DAF’s Cabuyao showroom houses its stockyard of brand new and reconditioned light to heavy commercial trucks. According to Go, all of their trucks are Euro 5 compliant. Their massive parts and equipment warehouse houses a complete inventory of spare parts and accessories, from tires, truck heads, engines, transmission, brake and suspension parts, electronic and wiring harnesses, plus wheels and tires. “We also have a trailer and body building facility which can service all the logistics requirements of our clients,” added Go.
Aside from an inventory of trucks and a parts depot, the DAF facility is perhaps the only one in the country with a rolling road. The rolling road is a machine that accurately measures the speed of the truck. This machine allows all six wheels of the truck to simulate road conditions and at the same time gives technical feedback about the truck’s fuel efficiency at different speeds. The CT2 can also be used for engine calibration and brake testing.
The DAF facility is also a one-stop shop for anything about trucks. The facility is equipped with the latest equipment and tools for maintenance, troubleshooting, collision repair, and body painting. “This showroom is up to specs with DAF Europe standards. All of our personnel were trained by DAF,” said Go.
A day after the Cabuyao launch, DAF formally opened its doors for business in Davao City, Mindanao’s key investment area. According to Go, the Davao facility is strategic because of its fast and strong economic growth and development.
DAF Philippines has been doing business in the country since last year and has already secured key fleet accounts in the Luzon and Davao area. DAF Philippines has been supplying trucks to logistics firms and petroleum companies. This is the primary reason why DAF established a showroom, featuring a display of truck parts and accessories. DAF’s domineering presence in the global market helped the local distributor carve inroads into the growing commercial vehicles market.