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News Archive 2011

November 2011
Its time to crack on.

John Hensley is managing director of hi-tech packaging specialists The Ant Group, at Claydon, Ipswich, which was named Business of the Year at the Anglian Business Awards 2011. He believes the future of the UK economy lies in engaging young people in manufacturing, as he tells SHELINE CLARKE. Please click the image below to view the full article.


October 2011
Antistat have teamed up with Simco Ion to become one of their official UK distributors.

September 2011, IPSWICH, Suffolk, United Kingdom
With a view to extending their existing ESD Equipment Range, Antistat have teamed up with Simco Ion to become one of their official UK distributors.
Since contamination and ESD problems are increasing in complexity, Simco-Ion has worked to develop ionisation solutions that will meet present and future demands. The static control range combines innovation and advanced technology to ensure ease-of-use, simple installation, minimal maintenance, and exceptional product performance.
The Simco Ion static control range will be available from Antistat from October 2011.


October 2011
Premier Farnell awarded for commitment to environment.

Premier Farnell has been accepted as a member of the European Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

The accolade was given in recognition of the success of the company's sustainability strategy, its enhanced Trust Agenda and the importance it places on environmental performance across its global operations.

Initiated in 2010, the European DJSI benchmarks and recognises European companies that meet the high sustainability standards of the US based Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the assessment, Premier Farnell achieved points for its environmental performance and reporting; which includes energy efficiency enhancements taking place across its facilities worldwide. According to Premier Farnell, scores achieved in almost all other areas were 'significantly above' the sector averages.

Steven Webb, company secretary, Premier Farnell, pictured, said: "Sustainability is a key part of our business strategy, with the Trust Agenda playing a significant role in ensuring the long term success of our business in a rapidly changing world. Being recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is an important achievement and provides us with a new way to communicate our leading sustainability performance to US and international customers and investors, who are often more familiar with this ranking than with our UK accolades."


August 2011
BioBag wins IET Sustainability Innovation Award

The Institute of Engineering and Technologys (IET) Sustainability Innovation Award is the fourth accolade that Farnell has won within a period of eight months. The innovative packaging first collected the Environmental Product/Service of the Year at the UKs Sustainability Live Environment and Energy Awards in April this year. This was followed by the Green Organisations Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice and then the Contribution to Sustainability award, at Electronic Product Design Magazines e-Legacy Awards.

The packaging, developed with packaging partner Antistat, is capable of breaking down in an industrial composter, or dissolving simply in hot water, uses patented technology, exclusive to Farnell, to fully biodegrade without releasing any harmful chemicals into the environment, while offering the same level of component protection as standard static dissipative bags.The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation. Spanning 15 categories, the awards were judged by engineering experts, who recognised the depth and breadth of innovative work being carried out across all areas of engineering and technology. The IET Sustainability Innovation Award category is the most all-encompassing of all of the Innovation in Engineering Awards. Farnells biodegradable bags were recognised for the scale of the impact that they can have on present and future generations, and for the integration of the solution into the companys core business. Commenting on the win, Steven Webb, Company Secretary and General Counsel at Premier Farnell, and the person in-charge of the companys overall CSR policies, said: "As the only distributor in the electronics industry to have a comprehensive legislation portal on element14, we certainly lead the way as an innovative business. The four industry-leading awards presented to our innovative packaging over the last eight months is a testament to our sustainable commitments. As a business we have a significant focus on sustainability, we recycle over 80% of our own waste in the UK, and are working to extend that commitment and assist our customers in reducing the waste that they send to landfill.


July 2011
Antistat announce plans to open new offices in Chicago.

Following a series of successful client wins in the US, Antistat, specialists in ESD Protection, are to open new offices in Chicago to cater for the expanding business overseas.

Antistat will employ a sales team to help grow the business and cater for existing clients in the region. The office will also become the strategic distribution hub for North and Central America, stocking existing core line cards items including a wide range of ESD Packaging within their large warehousing facility.

"The new office enables Antistat to further solidify our position as an international leader in ESD Protection for the electronics industry. The facility will allow Antistat to effectively cater for their growing global market, said John Hensley, CEO at Antistat.

The Chicago location joins the companys many global stocking & sales office including Bulgaria, Brno, Oradea, Italy, Kwidzyn and Shenzhen.

The offices are set to commence trading in Q4 of this financial year.


July 2011
Ant Group Wins "Business of the Year" Award for 2011
TECHNOLOGY and packaging specialist Ant Group was last night named Business of the Year at the 2011 Anglian Business Awards.

The awards, organised by the East Anglian Daily Times for the 14th time this year and supported for the third year running by Choose Suffolk as main sponsor, were announced at a gala dinner ceremony at Trinity Park, Ipswich, hosted by BBC television and radio presenter John Humphrys.

Ant Group, based on the Claydon Business Park at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, won the Medium/Large Business of the Year category, sponsored by Trebuchet, and then beat off competition from 12 other category winners to claim the overall title.

The groups companies include Antistat, which specialises in high-end technology-led packaging solutions, electrostatic discharge consumables and clean room supplies, and Cyberpac, which supplies specialist packaging to the creative industry.

Also forming part of the group are Acupaq, a manufacturer of component processing and packaging consumables for the electronics, automotive and biomedical industries, and Cygna, which supplies computer parts, sub-assemblies and complete units to major IT service suppliers.

Speakers at the event included Jonathan Hustler, managing director of media company Archant Anglia, whose titles include the East Anglian Daily Times and Suffolk Business magazine, Terry Hunt, editor of the EADT, and Tim Passmore, chief executive of Choose Suffolk.

For further coverage of the ceremony, see next Tuesdays Business East supplement within the EADT or visit


July 2011

Ant Group wins "Medium to Large Business of the Year" Award and also walk away with the overall title of "Business Award of the Year".


June 2011

New Senior Sales Manager to join the Antistat Team

Antistat, ESD Specialists, are pleased to announce the appointment of Carly Scott-Woodham as the new Senior Sales Manager for the division.

With over 10 years experience in sales and manufacturing, 5 spent in a fast-paced, manufacturing environment, with major contracts wins for high profile clients such as O2 and BT, and a personal customer turnover of £3.7 million for 2009, Carly is set to bring a fresh approach to the company.

With the companys recent expansion and projected growth, the introduction of the new sales manager will provide valuable support to the sales team to manage and grow existing accounts and develop new client relations within the UK and Europe.


April 2011

Antistat to extend Sales Team within Europe.

Antistat, specialists in ESD Protection, are set to extend their UK based team with the introduction of a new Pan European sales team.

With the companys recent expansion and projected growth, the new sales team, directed from Global Headquarters in the UK, will provide valuable support to the existing distribution network and help develop new client relations within the region.

Besides the already successful offices in England & Scotland, as well as a strong global distribution network, Antistat is set to continue to accelerate its international business.

"Online presence is always growing but this means that our client base doesn't stop at national borders, with this in mind, we want to expand further with a new support and sales team in Europe meaning we can be closer to the growing demand and our increasingly international client base", explained John Hensley, Antistat CEO.


April 2011

Antistat become UK Distributors for the Wera ESD Precision Tools Range.
With a view to extending their current ESD Consumables Range, Antistat have teamed up with Wera Precision Tools to provide an exciting range of ESD Screwdrivers aimed at the electronics industry.

The NEW range features an ergonomic, ESD Safe handle designed to fit snugly in the operators hand. The screwdrivers have a precision zone directly above the blade providing better feel for the rotation angle during fine adjustment. The black tip goes through a refined hardening process to guarantee a long service life and increased corrosive protection, finally the power zone has integrated soft zones to transfer high tightening or loosening forces without losing contact with the screw.


January 2011
New Innovative Bio-degradable Packaging replaces Polythene Bags, developed by Farnell and specialist packaging partner, Antistat, have been awarded the Sustainability category of the 2010 Innovation Awards. The innovation will dramatically reduce environmental waste and hazardous consequences to eco-systems that result from polythene product wrappings.

The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation. Spanning 15 categories, the Awards are judged by engineering experts and recognise the depth and breadth of innovative work being carried out across all areas of engineering and technology.

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