Belfast Telegraph

SDC secures a £15m supply deal with global lease firm

By Jamie Stinson

Co Antrim manufacturer SDC Trailers has landed a £15m deal, building on its record year in 2014.

The Toomebridge-based firm signed a deal with its long-term customer TIP trailer services, a rental, lease, maintenance and asset management company.

The deal will see the supply of over 700 trailers to TIP, which is based in 16 countries.

SDC, founded in Co Antrim in 1978, had a record year in 2014, with production units higher than 8,000, an increase of 30%. It created 120 jobs in the last year, and employs 933 staff at two sites in Northern Ireland at Toomebridge and Antrim, and Mansfield in England.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell congratulated the company: "SDC Trailers has worked hard to ensure a continued focus on innovation and export in order to remain ahead of the competition.

"This announcement marks a remarkable achievement that demonstrates how local businesses can take advantage of market opportunities to secure lucrative export deals, expand their business and ensure business success."

Mark Cuskeran, MD of SDC, said the deal is built on a long-standing relationship. "TIP have been a significant customer for SDC over the years and I am delighted to continue our working relationship together," he said.

"Our trailers are recognised for their durability, maintainability and longevity, providing excellent value for TIP and their customers.

"Having increased production output at each of our four sites, SDC is well placed to meet the high demand."

Karl Davies, European marketing director at TIP Trailer, spoke highly of the manufacturer. "We have been working with SDC for a number of years having now having added over 700 new SDC trailers to our fleet in 2015," Mr Davies said.

"Our customers rely on quality, price and short delivery times, and SDC has delivered strongly in all of those areas to secure this order," he added.

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