A Proud History of Quality European Engineering

On 1 April, 1928, DAF’s founder, Hub van Doorne, established a small engineering business in
Eindhoven, The Netherlands called ‘Hub van Doorne, Machinefabriek en Reparatie-inrichting’ (the
Hub van Doorne Engineering Works and Repair Shop). Together with his brother Wim he laid the
foundations of DAF as a leading truck manufacturer.

After Hub van Doorne proved to be the only one who could get the special sleeve-valve engine in the
brewery owner’s car to work, he was offered a small workshop at the side of the brewery. Early activities
focused on welding, engineering and forging work and within a year there were 32 people on the payroll.

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