SDC launches its Freespan open-aperture trailer in the UK

Will Shiers
January 8, 2020

SDC has expanded its UK product line-up with the launch of Freespan, a curtain-sided semi trailer with a fully clear side aperture.

Although Freespan has previously been sold in Ireland, this is the first time it has been offered to UK operators.

SDC had previously provided a Freespan-type curtainsider in conjunction with Lawrence David. However this arrangement came to an end when Polish manufacturer Wielton purchased a 75% stake in Lawrence David, and its chassis are now being imported from Poland for its pillarless model.

The Freespan utilises SDC’s tried and tested robotically welded chassis, 150,000 of which have been built in the last 40 years. It also features its Easy-roll curtain technology, with its low-friction track system. 

SDC’s chief operating officer Paul Bratton said: “We are delighted to finally release the Freespan in the UK after years of building it solely for the Irish market, providing a reliable solution for customers who require a side loading operation.”

Read the full story in this week’s Commercial Motor (on sale 9 January).

About the Author


Will Shiers

Will Shiers has held an HGV licence since the age of 21, and has been writing about commercial vehicles for the past 25 years. He started his career as technical editor on Motor Transport, before taking on the editorship of Truck & Driver. Since 2011 he has been the editor of industry leading weekly publication Commercial Motor. Will is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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