Boost for SDC as new trailer facility increases productivity

Turnover at leading trailer manufacturer SDC is set to reach £189 million this year the firm has said as its new £3.5 facility at Antrim comes on stream.

The firm which has enjoyed successive, record order levels for the past six years, is continuing to drive innovation and is aiming for new markets including the Middle East.

With production levels exceeding 9,400 units last year, the firm says the plant will reduce time and costs with a trailer going into production every 12 minutes.

Founded in 1978, SDC employ over 900 staff across four modern manufacturing plants; three located in Northern Ireland and one in Nottinghamshire, England.

The new facility has raised SDC’s growing production level to 40 trailers daily. Cutting edge technology, including a new state of the art fiber laser cutter and three new pressbrakes for folding steel components have been installed at the plant to facilitate the manufacturers’ broad range of trailer designs, most of which are custom built to specific operator requirements.

“As the market leader, it is crucial that SDC looks to the future in order to maintain the high level of customer service we have built up over the years,” said managing director Mark Cuskeran.

“Following the implementation of new technology and processes across our existing facilities, the decision was made to build a new plant that would enable us to fulfil increasing order numbers without compromising on quality and lead time.

“I am delighted to announce that our new Antrim plant is now fully operational, our order book is looking very healthy for 2016 and we are well placed to meet the growing demands of our customers worldwide. It is heartening to note that SDC is in a strong position to move forward as a result of its quality products and cost efficient manufacturing processes.”