SDE Technology

Metal Pressing

What we do:

Shrewsbury based SDE Technology is a manufacturer of metal pressings and assemblies for automotive, aerospace and consumer product manufacturers.

While most SDE components may be hidden from view, they are nonetheless essential to the structure of an aircraft or motor vehicle. Every part must be made to tight tolerances and with carefully selecting grades of metal to match specific strength requirements.

In the past, most SDE components were made of steel. But as the need for lighter components and the importance of recycling has become of crucial importance the company has made a significant investment in cutting edge technology for the manufacture of parts in aluminium and lighter alloys.

By reducing weight for simpler, stronger structures, the aim is to create recyclable solutions that play their part in a more sustainable world.

Parts can be painted or coated with resistant finishes through the subsidiary powder coating and surface technology division.

The People who do it:

Currently SDE employs around 100 members of staff, including skilled 3D CAD Designers, CNC operators, welders, fabricators, machinists working alongside a dedicated planning and administrative team.

Into the Future:

With its investment in new HFQ technologies and a growing understanding of presswork using aluminium alloys, the management believes the right strategy is in place for the future.

The growing demand for Electric Vehicles, where lightweight construction and energy efficiency is crucial, and similar requirements in the Aerospace sector means SDE is well set for future growth and the long-term job security of its employees.

Brixton Way Shrewsbury SY1 3LB
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How to Join Us:

SDE has built a reputation for encouraging young talent through its levels 2 and 3 manufacturing and engineering apprentices.

It offers apprentices the chance to learn on industry-standard equipment which help to facilitate their move into permanent industry positions once they finish their training. For those willing to learn further, the apprenticeships can lead on to a degree course.

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Who We Work With:

SDE works closely with a technical advisory group consisting of Impression Technologies, Stalcom Automotive Technologies, TaBA Associates - specialists in their fields ranging from research scientists to automotive body in white experts.

The aim is to establish new ways to harness the latest innovations in green cleaner lightweight technology for the future.

In the Community:

Recognising the need for young people to have a better understanding of the opportunities engineering offers SDE was one of the founders of The Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology or MCMT.


Together with Classic Motor Cars, Grainger & Worrall and OFSTED, the company helped to set up two state-of-the-art manufacturing training facilities in Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury, providing learners and employers with access to world-class apprenticeships and upskilling courses.


MCMT now covers more than 40,000 sq ft of dedicated space, designed with one vision in mind…to ‘inspire Engineers for a Changing World’.


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