SDC secures major Eddie Stobart trailer contract

SDC Trailers has secured a new £6.8 million order from road haulage operator Eddie Stobart for 240 trailers. It is the first major contract announced since SDC’s acquisition by CIMC Vehicles, the China-based global trailer manufacturer, in June.

The order features 50 gooseneck skeletal trailers and 25 extendable skeletal trailers for Eddie Stobart’s port logistics, 125 curtainsiders for retail operation and 40 brick/block trailers, which will be put to use in the operator’s new aggregate division. The deal represents a significant investment by the haulier, which acquired 650 SDC curtainsider and boxvan trailers earlier this year.

Coinciding with the trailer deal, Toomebridge, Northern Ireland-based SDC has seen its pioneering new Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) curtainsider (which is undergoing road testing trials by Eddie Stobart) shortlisted from 72 entries for a prestigious European Trailer Innovation Award. The KERS trailer, which delivers a reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent, will make its way to Hannover later this month, where the winners will be announced at the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicle event.

Mark Cuskeran, CEO of SDC Trailers, said: “It’s been a busy and momentous year for SDC to date, with an expansion to our production facilities, the launch of our pioneering new KERS trailer, our acquisition by CIMC and now the IAA show and Trailer Innovation Awards. The hard work and investment SDC have put into practice over the last few years has allowed us to secure continuing relationships with our customers and be recognised as one of the leading trailer brands in Europe.”