Elddis Transport boost efficiency with SDC Freespan Trailers

UK-based Transport and Logistics operator Elddis Transport, has taken delivery of new SDC Freespan Curtainsiders for their general haulage operations. The trailers provide a 3.2m side aperture for loading and feature SDC’s low friction alloy curtain rail with smooth operation, a combination which is well suited to Elddis’s requirements for transporting full and part loads throughout the UK and Ireland.


The Freespan trailers were manufactured at SDC’s Mansfield facility in Nottinghamshire which recently completed a major upgrade with the addition of a new state of the art trailer assembly line. SDC acquired a second 42,000sq ft workshop next door to their current factory, which has allowed them to double new bodied trailer capacity and add additional workshop bays for their aftermarket repair and refurbishment services.

The family-run business founded in 1971, and today the distinctive yellow and navy livery is still a familiar sight on the UK roads, delivering the length and breadth of the country. It operates a network of 165 vehicles and over 320 semi-trailers operating around the clock. While price competitiveness is compulsory for survival, MD Nigel Cook is also mindful of the company’s fuel and energy efficiency, and they have established several ways to minimise their carbon footprint through equipment and operational initiatives. The modern Elddis fleet is made up of a mixture of standard, high cube, and longer length trailers, with low resistance tyres, LED lighting, and fully integrated telematics to optimise vehicle performance.

Cook added: “At Elddis, we are continually striving to enhance the efficiency of our operations so that we can offer the best possible service to our customers. Reliable equipment is extremely important for our day to day deliveries and I am pleased with the quality build and high specification on our new Curtainsiders from SDC which will strengthen our service in the demanding FMCG market. The trailers are built to EN 12642 XL standard and we have added various extras to enhance loading and safety during use.”