Foden Trucks date back to 1856.
Edwin Foden began his career as an apprentice to an agricultural equipment company of Plant & Hancock. He left them for an apprenticeship at Crewe Railway functions, but later returned at the age of 19. Shortly soon after, he became a companion in the firm. The firm created enormous industrial engines, as well as little stationary engines and from 1880 agricultural traction engines.
On the retirement of George Hancock in 1887, the firm was renamed Edwin Foden Sons & Co Ltd.
The company very first produced experimental steam lorries shortly soon after the turn of the 20th century, and this perform led to the style of the automobile that was entered into the 1901 war workplace trials. The model was the basis for a extremely successful line of automobiles that have been created over the next 30 years.
By the late 1920s, Edwin Richard, saw the future lay in diesel power. He resigned from the board of directors, and subsequently retired. Even so, his son Dennis, could not afford to resign, but was not prepared to let items carry on as they had been and with financial input from his household, a new organization was set up to design and create diesel lorries and was known as ERF.
Soon after World War two, Foden re-introduced some old models with couple of improvements, and they also entered the bus chassis market in 1946. By 1950 they had developed a rear engine model which predated the Leyland model by 7 years.
In 1958, they introduced the lightweight glass reinforced plastic into cab production and this led to the manufacture of the very first British built, mass made tilt cab in 1962.
1964 saw Foden style a new model which was to compete in the 32 ton market place.
December 1974 saw the firm hit the rocks, and received Government money to bail them out.
The residence market continued to be depressed and it was not until 1977/78 that saw Foden return to a affordable profit. Massive Ministry of Defence contracts to supply military automobiles helped the company in it is recovery.
1980 saw Foden become acquired by the American company PACCAR, and are now a division of that organization. Soon after PACCAR acquired DAF trucks in 1996 and then Leyland Trucks in 1998, Foden production ceased to make way for DAF trucks which had been to be rebadged as Foden.
In 2005, PACCAR announced that Foden production was most likely to cease in 2006, as it would release manufacturing capacity at Leyland Trucks to let for the improved volume of DAF Trucks.
The last Foden was developed in July 2006.