Northern Irish OEM, SDC Trailers, has been recognised for its innovative approach to its manufacturing processes at the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards.
The company was presented with the Innovation Excellence Award by John Collier, General Manager of sponsors Scania UK and Road Trucks Ltd, at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Belfast which was attended by around 600 guests from all sectors of the transport and logistics industry and compered by BBC NI News presenter, Sarah Travers, and Actor and Comedian, Tim McGarry.
The event celebrates and rewards the very best in an industry that continues to meet its challenges head-on with resilience and perseverance.
The large gathering at the event heard that SDC Trailers’ latest multi-million-pound development in innovative equipment and processes has enabled it to achieve a higher level of efficiency, control and versatility. The new cutting-edge technology has resulted in increased production output, enhanced sustainability and a better overall working environment for its employees.
The company recently launched a new hydraulically powered tipping skeletal trailer for use with 40’ containers to transport and tip bulk materials such as plastic, waste and foodstuffs.
Established in 1978, SDC operated from a small shed in Bellaghy. It has grown from a one-man operation to be the UK and Ireland's largest semi-trailer manufacturer. It has four manufacturing plants, based in Toomebridge, Magherafelt, Antrim and Mansfield.
Utilising some of the most modern, high tech equipment in Europe, SDC supply trailers to a wide range of companies and has built relationships with the industry’s leading logistics operators, supermarket chains and hire companies.
Last year, SDC Trailers completed a €7.7 million expansion to its manufacturing headquarters in Toomebridge, improving production capability and output.