11th April 2018 | DAF UK

Last year, DAF launched a brand-new generation of ultra-modern trucks. Following their relaunch, the New LF, New CF and New XF trucks continue to lead the way in areas such as environmental friendliness, safety, driver comfort and, of course, total cost of ownership.

DAF Technicians possess an intimate knowledge of the latest DAF trucks. They are given intensive training to ensure that they are able to assist customers as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible using the most up-to-date information and systems. In addition, DAF Technicians represent the ‘business card’ in a DAF dealer's workshop, playing a crucial role in delivering customer satisfaction and providing exceptional service and quality, right down to the smallest details.

The competition

The DAF Technician of the Year competition consists of two phases. Last year, DAF Technicians in each of the 18 participating countries competed for their respective national title. Only the winners of each national title will compete against each other in the European final.

At the European final held on 11 and 12 April at DAF Trucks' headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, finalists will demonstrate their professional expertise in several challenging theoretical and practical exercises. Among other challenges, the contestants must find solutions to faults relating to engine and vehicle systems within a set amount of time.

All nominees have received the highest level of training and have achieved DAF Master Technician status.

Participants for 2018 DAF European Technician of the Year:

Marin Pavicic, Austria
Wim Vanderheyden, Belgium
Petr Valenta, Czechia
Mike Christensen, Denmark
Bruno Cormier, France
Mathias Lehmann, Germany
János Szekeres, Hungary
Fabio Zogno, Italy
Cor Kramer, Netherlands
Bjørn Måge, Norway
Łukasz Węgrzynek, Poland
Rui Manuel Tavares da Silva, Portugal
Martin Sako, Slovakia
Iván Manuel Grela Muiño, Spain
Hugo Bergman, Sweden
Stephan Rettenmund, Switzerland
Adam Baker, United Kingdom
Dragos (Vasile) Pop, Romania