SDC Trailers bought by Chinese manufacturer CIMC Vehicles

George Barrow
June 27, 2016


Retlan Manufacturing, parent company to SDC Trailers, has been acquired by Chinese trailer manufacturer CIMC Vehicles for an undisclosed sum.

The Northern-Ireland based manufacturer said that the existing management team would stay and plans were in place to consolidate its position and increase its export sales.

Mark Cuskeran, CEO of Retlan Group, said that the acquisition was “an important step forward for SDC Trailers and the rest of the Retlan Group”.

“This is a significant opportunity for the company, its staff and for the future,” Cuskeran added. “We have been impressed by the approach of the new owners to the acquisition, and the company is now looking forward to a significant period of growth on a global scale.”

David Li, general manager and director of the Board of CIMC Vehicles, said that the acquisition marked an exciting new chapter in the history of SDC Trailers. 

“We look forward to working with the existing management to continue its fine tradition of high quality UK-based manufacturing and to the opportunity for further investment to help grow the business,” Li said. “The Retlan Group will represent a valuable complement to CIMC Vehicles’ portfolio and progress our on-going policy of global operations, local knowledge.”  

About the Author


George Barrow

George Barrow has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years, starting off his career in the car industry and ending up in commercial vehicles via a brief detour to cover technology, science and start-ups. Often found behind the wheel of a new product, his real interest lies in the business side of the automotive industry. George is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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