About Us

We are based in Clitheroe, in the North West of England. We supply our trade roof racks across the whole of the UK, recent local customers include Manchester, Oldham, Stockport, Blackburn, Great Harwood, Accrington, Rossendale, Lancaster, Kendal, Leeds, Halifax, Bradford and Preston.

2011 sees 44 years of design & manufacture of our ‘Trade Rack’

SDV Roof Racks

A friendly family firm of roof rack manufacturers, SDV Roof Racks (Clitheroe) Limited, also known as SDV Trade Racks and Clitheroe Roof Racks, designs and manufactures heavy duty galvanised commercial roof racks. These racks were the first of the type combining rope hooks and a ladder roller as standard.

Kevin Bowen founded the business in 1967 and registered the name SDV.  He marketed a roof rack that is strong, dependable and value for money.

Read more about the 40 year history of SDV Roof Racks in Clitheroe here.

Our Ethos - “Strength - Dependability - Value”

Manufacturing continues today in the family business and SDV remain the only roof rack manufacturers in Clitheroe. 

"I joined the business in 1976, and am a Director of the limited company formed in 2003.  My brother-in-law Roy, also a director, joined us in 1981 and we have the support of a reliable experienced workforce that has ensured steady growth.

In June 2005 we relocated to purpose built premises of 10,000 sq ft; still in Clitheroe, but on the outskirts.  The Link 59 Business Park is easily reached off the A59 without the need to enter town.  We now stock a large number of racks and have waiting facilities and in-door fitting bays in a modern environment. 

SDV roof racks workshop in Clitheroe LancashireThe reputation of SDV (Clitheroe roof racks) in supplying quality products, offering excellent service and meeting deadlines, ensures that we are the selected suppliers of heavy duty galvanised roof racks for many local authorities, public bodies, commercial vehicle dealerships, independent van specialists & suppliers, major construction companies, small businesses and individuals alike."

Tony Bowen, Director, SDV Roof Racks.

Continual Research and Development

The team at SDV are continually developing our roof racks alongside vehicle changes and customer requirements.

The commercial van designers have introduced many changes over the years; perhaps the most influential change we have seen is the gradual decline of the rainwater channels that were standard on most vans a number of years ago. This decline has seen the introduction of new fixing systems for roof racks that have been designed by SDV to utilise the vehicle manufacturer’s designs.

The team liaise with vehicle dealerships in arranging measuring and design of galvanised roof racks to fit the latest models.

SDV is confident that although in some cases costs have been affected by the introduction of new fixing systems, we are still achieving a safe, secure and reliable roof rack system and maintaining value for money.

Your van roof rack will have little change from those heavy duty galvanised roof racks produced in the early years, the only difference being the manner in which it is mounted to the roof.

The development of the side rack / glass rack / side rail has taken place over recent years and has many repeat customers. The strength, uncluttered line, quality rubber buffers and fender strips, make for a flexible and reliable method of carrying doors, windows, large sheets etc.

We don’t only make roofracks for the larger vans, through our product development we can now offer not only van roof racks but also side racks for many of the smaller vans too! Make your small van a great asset with an SDV roof rack!


SDV Roof Racks Limited Clitheroe, Deanfield Way, Link 59 Business Park, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1QU