Faster fashion as SDI Group completes CMECS deal

Posted on 3 Jul 2013 by The Manufacturer

CMECS, the powered roller conveyor systems manufacturer, has been acquired by the solutions specialist SDI Group.

SDI, a provider of systems and solutions to the retail, wholesale, fulfilment and e-commerce industries, will now be provided with an in-house manufacturer to supply its European network.

The company says the acquisition will allow it to react even more quickly to fashion business customer demands and also to produce bespoke designs that are aligned to the industry’s requirements.

SDI’s CEO Gordon Smith said: “We purchase approximately £10 million of conveyor a year. We can now source up to 50 per cent of that from CMECS, particularly for projects requiring short lead times and high quality systems.”

CMECS, which has been operating since 2003, has worked on projects for companies such as DHL, Fedex and has just finished a £600,000 project with SDI for leading fashion brand Abercrombie and Fitch.

Its founder and managing director Mick Waring said he was thrilled at the deal, and added he hopes to expand and become a challenger within the conveyor unit field.

“CMECS will give SDI Group a greater capacity to meet individual customer demand and tailor product more specifically – offering greater flexibility to produce all the way through the year, making it easier for clients to plan projects by avoiding the August shut down that occurs with mainland European manufacturers,” he said.

CMECS recently moved into larger facilities in Kettering and SDI said it plans to invest half a million pounds into automating the conveyor manufacturing process, as well as recruiting ten new staff, over the next six months.