Belfast Telegraph

Vehicle maker trailing a £10m blaze

More jobs on way after deal to make 600 trailers for leasing company

By Clare Weir

A County Antrim manufacturing firm has secured a £10m contract to make 600 trailers for a major leasing company.

The vehicles will be manufactured across SDC Trailers' three facilities at Toomebridge, Antrim and Mansfield over the next six months for Hireco.

In just a year, SDC Trailers, which was founded in 1978, has created a total of 170 jobs, with more to follow before the end of the year.

Group turnover to the end of March 2014 was £130m, projected to rise to £150 by 2015, an increase of £20m.

Established in Dublin, Hireco now has seven outlets throughout the UK and Ireland and has already purchased over 5,000 SDC trailers before this order.

Tony Wan, a director at Hireco, said that the company was seeing an upturn in the UK and Irish markets with a high demand for trailer rentals.

"Investing in the best allows us to offer a high standard of service to our customers and remain competitive in the equipment rental industry," he said.

"We have chosen SDC over the years because the quality of their products and customer service is second to none."

SDC managing director Mark Cuskeran said the firm operated in a very competitive market.

"SDC has set the benchmark for innovation and quality in the trailer manufacturing industry and we will continue to do so where we see improvements can be made," he said

Trade body Manufacturing NI welcomed the additional £10m contract for SDC Trailers.

Chief Executive Stephen Kelly said that while headlines were often made by foreign direct investment deals, the news from SDC and Wrightbus earlier this week was evidence that our indigenous businesses were competing and winning internationally.

"SDC Trailers, Wrightbus and great local companies like them are very important and as the global economy begins to strengthen, it is critical that government supports their growth and work to create a cost environment, particularly in energy, which means they can compete internationally," he said.

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