News Archive 2009
Antistat announces innovative, environmentally friendly packaging solution for the electronics industry.
1 November, 2009, IPSWICH, Suffolk, United Kingdom - This new, innovative material developed by Antistat, exclusive to Farnell, is the key differentiator to any alternative products currently available in the market place.
The new packaging offers the same level of protection as standard ESD packaging, but can be disposed of in composting facilities reducing the impact on the environment. The bags are made using a unique formulation, making them fully biodegradable to the recognised European standard (EN13432) and ensure that no harmful chemicals are released into the environment. Combine this with the inherent static dissipative properties, and it represents a true industry first.
At this point it is believed that the new packaging will replace the estimated 3.6 million polythene bags currently used to package components despatched by Farnell in Europe each year. Antistat are also working to extend the use of the material to other component packaging types and to make the bags available for others in the electronic component industry.
Following the success of the recently launched Peel Pack, this latest innovation forms part of a suite of protective packaging solutions being developed by Antistat and Farnell. In this long standing co-operation agreement, the two businesses will continue to work together to make a difference through commitment to innovation and the environment.
Antistat announces acquisition of Scotland based Acupaq Ltd
01 September, 2009, IPSWICH, Suffolk, United Kingdom Antistat, global leaders in technology led packaging solutions and supply chain management, has announced the acquisition of Scotland based Acupaq Limited, a natural culmination of a long standing strategic partnership.
The acquisition results in the creation of a new Acupaq trading division that will give the customer base the ability to purchase a full service offering for component handling and production consumables. The division will also become an outlet for the patented "Peel Pack product line for singulated component packaging within the component distribution market.
"The Acupaq trading division will bring together a number of the most creative and innovative minds in component handling and electronic production consumables with a proven track record of commercialising new materials, products and processes, said John Hensley, CEO of Antistat, Part of Ant Group. "Through this acquisition we are more able to serve the industry needs and preferences and bring an unmatched product offering to the semiconductor and electronics industries.
"Over the last fifteen years, Acupaq Ltd and the individuals involved have been close to Antistat and have maintained a desire to work towards joining forces to create this industry solution, said Stuart Craig, Managing Director of Acupaq Ltd. "We have huge mutual respect for one another, and Acupaq will benefit by being a major player in the global semiconductor and electronics industries with the opportunity to redefine the industry with the combined resources and technologies of the new company.
All changes will be complete and trading will commence on 1st September 2009.
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Due to excessive demand for existing products in the midst of the swine flu pandemic, Antistat has put together a range of convenient kits which contain the essential products to help reduce the risk of contracting the swine influenza viruses.
We have also added to our product range a new Hand Foam sanitiser which is one of the first products on the market to be successfully tested against Swine Flu.
Antistat signs up new recruit Phoenix Hu, as sourcing agent in the Chinese Republic. Due to the increasing amount of trade between China and the European Union, Antistat will gain strategic advantage in the ESD supply chain as a result of having a dedicated resource in Shenzhen, with specific sourcing objectives as directed by Antistat from their UK Headquarters.
Ray Newell, Antistat Sales Director, seen here discussing tactics with Phoenix, commented:
'A great deal of ESD products now used across the globe originate from China, and to remain as competitive as possible for our customers we must continually research and source the availability and cost of every product we supply. To do this cost effectively and successfully, a Chinese speaking agent, who knows the manufacturing regions, and has good business acumen, is the best solution.'
Phoenix is 27 years of age, and worked with a supplier of ESD packaging before deciding to join our team in late 2008. Located in Shenzhen, where he has an office and storage facilities, the location gives good access to the regional manufacturing locations of interest to Antistat.
Following the appointment of Lucy Smith as Head of Corporate Communications, we have reassessed and reorganised our marketing activity to help reach a wider audience, increase sales and build brand awareness.
This includes a major re-branding exercise to give each company a strong, consistent identity, underpinned by the umbrella branding of the Ant Group. The results can be seen in the recently launched new-look Antistat website, followed by a rolling programme of other initiatives.