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On 1st July we were joined by Matt Manley as our new Technical Apprentice. Matt has already completed his Level 2 qualification at Chesterfield College and so will start Level 3 (ONC) in September

SDC has experienced substantial growth over the last couple of years. This, together with the imminent introduction of new products, additional capability and our strategic requirement for additional manufacturing capacity led us to search for additional space. We were fortunate enough to find the ideal site within a few hundred yards at 19 Charity Road […]

During the first quarter of 2013, SDC will commence manufacture of a fully trimmed drivers seat for a customer servicing the rail industry. This represents an interesting and significant step in that rail is a new sector for SDC, this is a new customer and also offers an opportunity to further develop the seat complete side of […]

Sam Wright becomes our second apprentice. As a Technical Apprentice Sam is focussed more on design although he will still receive a strong education in the practicalities of seating construction and manufacture such as cutting, forming welding and fitting. This appointment is complementary to our existing Craft Apprentice, Danny Seal, who is now in his second […]

SDC is entering into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Warwick University, a programme supported by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). Under this scheme, we will select an engineering post graduate to work at our site in Derbyshire for a minimum of two years, during which there will be a two way learning process. The post […]

SDC has created an apprenticeship opportunity within its development facility in North Derbyshire. As a result, Danny Seal (pictured) joined the team during September and has enrolled on the welding and fabrication apprenticeship course at Chesterfield College. “Most of us gained our core skills via apprenticeships and for some time now we have wanted to […]

SDC is investing in a new paint shop at its production site in Alfreton, Derbyshire. The new £40,000 facility has been made possible thanks to a £10,000 grant from i-NET, an East Midlands Development Agency (emda) initiative designed to support innovators and manufacturers in the transport sector.

SDC is particularly proud to have won work from a customer whose previous main supplier was an overseas business based in the Far East. These new contracts have enabled SDC to embark on a recruitment drive to appoint five skilled operatives with experience in the automotive sector Managing Director of SDC, Mark Millan says “This flow of good […]

Following a successful production audit by specialist staff from Bentley, SDC has been awarded 3 mainstream seating production orders. Keith Swain, SDC’s Sales Manager said “this is a significant reward for all the hard work that has gone into becoming production ready for this prestige UK based OEM. This, together with SDC’s existing production activity […]