A focus on quality and innovation is key to helping SDC Trailers reach new markets – that’s according to its Managing Director, Mark Cuskeran, who was speaking at the latest ‘Minister on the Move’ event held in Toomebridge.
Mr Cuskeran hosted Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell MLA, the Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ann McGregor and over 70 businesses from across Mid-Ulster at the SDC Trailers’ headquarters as part of the business led initiative by NI Chamber in partnership with British Airways and American Airlines.
The ‘Minister on the Move’ initiative provides businesses with an opportunity to speak directly with Ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive at a number of locations across the province – whilst also providing them with an opportunity to hear the inspirational success story of a local company, hosted in the company’s facilities.
Mark Cuskeran said SDC were pleased with the progress made in recent years, but wasn’t about to sit on its laurels.
“The main driving forces in our growth over the past few years have been the quality of our products, the constant striving for innovation which was recognised by the main awards ceremony for our industry this year, and the ongoing drive to reach into new markets. We have made huge inroads into the Middle East, and put major resources and time into that process, with a very positive return. We’re also focused on Northern Europe, where we have also made major strides.”
The event also provided an open forum for delegates to share their views with the Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell, who said: “The growth and success of SDC over many years has made possible by the dedication and efforts of the management team and the entire workforce. This has helped elevate the company to one of the largest commercial vehicle trailer manufacturers in Europe.”
Added Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of NI Chamber: “Chambers of Commerce are committed to helping businesses grow and we see ‘Minister on the Move’ as being an important and mutually beneficial initiative for both business and government. It will create a forum for the open exchange of views leading to a better understanding of the importance of public policy and the economic environment in which we operate. We all have the shared aim of growing the Northern Ireland economy and an initiative such as this one allows us to keep in regular contact along the way.”
More in the next print issue of Export & Freight.