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AIM VCTs portfolio company story: SDI Group

Designing and manufacturing scientific and technology products.

SDI Group plc designs and manufactures products in two main areas; digital imaging and sensors and control. This is for a variety of industries including life sciences, healthcare, astronomy, consumer manufacturing and art conservation.

Advancing industries like healthcare and astronomy

The need for scientific and technology products in the life science and medical industries has been robust during the pandemic. In fact, some of the companies in the SDI Group have been awarded large one-off contracts to supply equipment to help test for, or treat, COVID-19. 

Examples of the types of products SDI Group create include high performance cameras for use in deep astronomy as well as cameras for art conservation and restoration. Another example includes the manufacture and supply of chillers, coolers and heat exchangers used within the industrial, medical and scientific markets.

SDI has a clear vision to develop and diversify its existing technologies and to grow through strategic acquisitions.

“We are investing in companies at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation.”

Ken Ford, Chairman

What our fund managers say

“SDI has an enviable track record of exceeding expectations. Since we invested in 2015 it has increased its sales five-fold and its profits ten-fold through a combination of acquisitions of niche profitable businesses and organic growth, generating significant shareholder value.”

Kate Tidbury, AIM VCT Fund Manager

Octopus AIM VCT risks

Please remember that the value of an investment in the Octopus AIM VCTs, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise. Investors may not get back the full amount they invest.

Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may change in the future. Tax reliefs depend on the VCT maintaining its qualifying status.

VCT shares could fall or rise in value more than shares listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. They may also be harder to sell.

Investors should only subscribe for shares on the basis of information contained in the prospectus and Key Information Documents (KIDs), available on the AIM VCT product page.

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