SDC appoints Tony Sturgess commercial engineering officer

SDC Trailers has appointed Tony Sturgess as commercial engineering officer for its Mansfield base.

Tony Sturgess

Sturgess brings over 40 years’ experience in the commercial vehicle bodybuilding industry and will oversee SDC’s engineering department, as well as new product development and quality improvements at the 125,000sq ft plant.

He is well-versed with SDC’s semi-trailer range having previously worked with the company as chief design engineer for 17 years from 1997 to 2014, liaising with customers on bespoke specifications, designing trailer bodywork and providing aftersales support.

Sturgess began his career in 1979 as a design engineer at G.C. Coachworks in Long Whatton, hand drawing specialist vehicles from exhibition units to mobile libraries on a drawing board in feet and inches. His passion for commercial vehicle design continued, with engineering roles specialising in curtainsiders, rigids, dry freight bodies and double deck trailers, developing innovative solutions such as double tier tail lifts.

Commenting on the new role Tony Sturgess said: “I am delighted to take up the position of commercial engineering officer at SDC Trailers, as the market leader, SDC are at the forefront of product innovation and it is fantastic to be a part of that. I look forward to working with customers, developing trailer solutions to advance their business operations.”

SDC chief operating officer, Paul Bratton added: “Tony brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be a great asset to SDC as we continue to develop our trailer portfolio. With over 40 years developing customer centred solutions and over 150,000 units manufactured, SDC’s engineering capabilities are second to none, providing flexibility without compromising on quality.”

SDC offers the complete package for customers from trailer design, manufacture and livery, to spare parts, repair, refurbishment and second-hand sales. Every trailer is engineered to meet the customers specification; maximising efficiency, safety and profitability for their business.