SDC Truck & Trailer Parts opens first branch in England
SDC Truck & Trailer Parts has opened a branch in Warrington, the first on the UK mainland. The company, a subsidiary of SDC Trailers, plans to increase its presence and better serve customers in England, Scotland and Wales. It stocks more than 16,000 parts and is the market leader for truck and trailer parts in Ireland.
SDC Trailers celebrated 40 years in business last year, and established its Truck & Trailer Parts division in 2010. Both companies were acquired by China International Marine Containers (CIMC) of Shenzhen in 2016, and the Chinese owners have invested heavily in developing the parts operation.
Three new branches were opened in Omagh, Cork and New Ross (near Wexford) last year which, with the new branch at Warrington, brings the total number of branches to nine.
SDC Truck & Trailer Parts director Gavin Diamond said: “Recent years have seen exciting periods of growth and we are exporting parts to customers in 18 countries, most recently to New Zealand. The new branch opening is another first for us as it is the first opening in England.
“The number of firsts we have achieved in recent years is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved with SDC Truck & Trailer Parts over the years. The team at our Warrington branch has accumulated years of experience in the industry and will provide customers with the expert knowledge that has become synonymous with the branches in Ireland.”
SDC Truck & Trailer Parts has expanded its product portfolio through relationships with suppliers, some of which are based in China. The company is committed to being a one-stop-shop for all truck and trailer parts. It said it has an expanding customer base in England, and hopes the new hub will reduce lead times and shipping costs.
The Warrington site is on Langford Way in Appleton, just outside the town centre.
TruckEast in ST Fleet Services deal
Scania dealer TruckEast has provided details behind its February purchase of Northampton trailer maintenance specialists ST Fleet Services – which has been re-named ST Fleet.
The 30-year-old, family-run business, adds an eight-bay workshop and fleet of six mobile service vans to TruckEast’s offerings. ST Fleet Services also provides trailer and truck inspections and repairs; MoT preparation; brake roller testing and an on-site vehicle wash.
Matt Thomas, son of previous owner Steve Thomas, has continued to run the day-to-day operation as general manager.
Graham Broughton, regional aftersales director, west, at TruckEast, said: “ST Fleet has a great reputation supporting local operators. Its specialism in trailer repairs and servicing comes as a welcome addition to our business.
“Former customers and employees of ST Fleet Services can rest assured of a seamless transfer of ownership that will leave them in the safest of hands.”
The sale, for an undisclosed sum, adds to TruckEast’s existing specialist services portfolio. Since 2004, when TruckEast first launched its specialist service division, it has continued to expand and now has 14 commercial workshops. It also offers tail-lift repairs, trailer, tanker and municipal services and a dedicated recovery fleet.