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SDC Trailers’ ‘stellar growth’ continues with gala event to mark the official launch of the SDC Group in the Middle East

SDC Trailers’ ‘stellar growth’ has continued with the announcement of “SDC Middle -East.” Established in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland in 1978, the privately owned SDC Trailers have set their sights on the Middle Eastern HGV trailer market, following a number of orders for their specialised units. The company held a gala event at the Atlantis Palm Hotel in Dubai this weekend which was attended by 60 guests including logistics and transport operators from the region. 12 key suppliers also attended, with discussions around a series of orders, and the company expects to make a number of announcements in the coming months. SDC also met with Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster in Dubai.

Stephen McIvor, SDC Trailers Export Sales Manager, says the move comes after steady growth across the region, and the development of key strategic partnerships across the Middle East.

“The transport sector is looking very positive in the Middle East at the minute and we are well positioned to meet the requirements of operators in this region. Our vision is to provide flexibility and innovation to every customer, developing quality products to specific transport requirements for complete satisfaction and maximum return on investment. By continuously re-investing and updating our engineering facilities we have been able to adapt to changes in the industry and provide customer led transport solutions. These values have allowed us to secure a number of new trailer orders from operators in the Middle East.”

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, commented:
“The countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are target markets for Northern Ireland exporters, education and tourism. Growing export sales and the growth of local businesses is at the very heart of the Programme for Government with Invest Northern Ireland having a well-established and very active trade programme targeting the Middle East. I want to congratulate SDC on their continued foresight. They are very much part of Northern Ireland’s globally recognised expertise in the transportation and engineering sectors and I hope many more companies from Northern Ireland will take their example of broadening their horizons and exploring business and trade relationships within the international market.”

SDC Group Managing Director Mark Cuskeran, who led the delegation to the Middle East, said this launch marks the latest stage in the companies’ development, with further major announcements in the pipeline.

“SDC has been working across the Middle East for some time now, building our profile and our understanding of how to do business successfully in the region. Earlier in 2014 we announced a €1.5million trailer order from the Rezayat Group in Saudi Arabia and we believe there is a lot more business to be done there. Over the course of the last few years, we have identified a gap in the export market for a stronger, sturdier trailer for heavy haulage. Now that we have announced this new chapter in the company development, we aim to secure a healthy share of the Middle Eastern trailer market with a dedicated focus on specialist trailer builds.”

Crescent Transportation, a member of the Rezayat Group of companies is a leading logistics service provider in Saudi Arabia established 1976. Crescent took delivery of 60 flatbed trailers from SDC during 2014. James Graham from Crescent Transportation said that the experience of working with SDC has been flawless.

“From the outset, the experience with SDC has been very positive and we are pleased to locate a supplier who has the will and capability to listen to our needs and deliver quality, precision engineered solutions matching our expectations. The trailers supplied by SDC are unique to Saudi Arabia in many ways. In comparison with standard equipment available in Saudi Arabia, the trailers are a giant leap in terms of build quality and feature safety enhancing technology.”

SDC Parts is also working actively in the region and have secured £120,000 worth of truck and trailer parts business from the region over the past few months. The SDC Group currently employ over 900 staff across their four sites, having created 300 positions since the downturn in 2009. The company retains an excellent reputation in the field of specialised trailer builds with a wide portfolio ranging from flat beds, skeletals and curtainsiders to box vans and car transporters.

SDC have increased production output by 30% in 2014 following ongoing expansion at their four manufacturing plants. Group turnover has also risen sharply, projected to increase by €57 million to €220million, following a number of sizeable orders from local and international markets. The company offer a combination of robust, customer specified products at a competitive price due to the economies of scale of building over 8,000 trailers per year.

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