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News Archive 2014

St Elizabeths Hospice Accumulated Challenge

12/12/2014 at 10:11:20

St Elizabeths Hospice Accumulated Challenge

The challenge was set for Antistat to raise as much money for St Elizabeths Hospice Accumulated Challenge, with an opening budget of £50, over a period of three months.

Sales Manager, Helen Dawdry was in charge of organising the charity fundraising events over the period.

Funds were raised by holding regular cake sales, a Name the baby competition, Christmas Hamper raffle and a Pub Quiz at Briar Bank Brewery in Ipswich which raised £148 on the night.

A raffle for a Paid Day Off Work was very well supported by staff and kindly donated by the Directors of Antistat, who decided on the day of the draw to award the prize to two winners rather than one. Their generosity was greatly appreciated.

Helen approached a number of companies for prize donations in order to create an accumulator raffle. Some of the prizes included Clarice House Spa Pass for 2, Family Pass to Ufford Park facilities, 2 tickets to see Ipswich Town play live at home in December and two Theatre tickets. The raffle alone raised £174!

A big thank you to Helen for taking time out of her busy work schedule to raise funds for St Elizabeths Hospice, a charity dedicated to helping provide palliative care for those suffering from progressive illnesses.

St Elizabeth Hospice provides a range of services across East Suffolk and South Norfolk. It currently costs £9.1 million a year to run the Hospice. Each year they receive an NHS grant of around £2 million. This means the remaining costs have to be generated through fundraising and donations, which make up approximately 23.2% of overall funding.

St Elizabeth Hospice work is centred around an individual's needs, which means specialist support, wherever it is required. They care for people at home, in the community or at the Hospice. They help people deal with problems such as pain, anxiety and fatigue, as well as offering practical advice and family support.

Learn more at the St Elizabeths Hospice website


State-of-the-art antistatic mat cutting facility

28/11/2014 at 11:49:40

Antistat have a state-of-the-art antistatic mat cutting facility at their UK site. This machine has the capacity to cut both standard and bespoke mats every 7 seconds increasing both productivity and accuracy. Contact us for a quotation for fast, worldwide delivery.

RoboCup Press Release 2014

10/09/2014 at 08:38:14

After a fantastic send off from Holbrook Primary, the four children, four parents and one teacher, Mr Richard Williams (30) flew to Joao Pessoa, the most easterly city in Brazil, the host of RoboCup2014. Travelling with them is a team of 3D printed robots, created by "I can't believe we are actually here," says Lucy. "It's like we're in the Robot Olympics. Our mascot, HolBot, has met so many amazing Robots".

RoboCup is the largest international robotics competition and the children, Andrew (11), Katie (11), Lucy (11) and Jessica (8), from Holbrook Primary school near Ipswich were competing in the Rescue Simulation league. They designed a program for a virtual robot to make its way around a digital hazard field, rescue victims and take them to safety. Their program beat 40 other schools in the UK in one-on-one competitions, and the Holbrook Digiminds were the reigning UK champions. They then began their campaign to become World Champions, and were doing well. In RoboCup, there were 4,000 competitors from over 50 nations.

In their league, they were placed third with more competitions ahead to decide the final winner. Part of their marks awarded were for a brand new, "independent programming challenge". Josie Hughes, the Coordinator of the CoSpace Rescue League explains "for this task, they had to create a completely new program to guide the robot through a maze. They were not permitted any help from their teacher. This was a new test to see whether the children actually understood the programming language. The Digiminds seemed well prepared. Their technical presentation was excellent".

"I was so nervous when the children walked away from me to the programming room. It was like exam conditions," Mr Williams said. "But I needn't have worried. The children were incredible and scored 100/100. Their nearest rivals, the Chinese, only scored 85. This showed that our children were the best at programming, and they could do it without my help. I am so proud of them."

While they were not programming, the children enjoyed making a synchronised swimming video in the hotel pool, which was emailed back to Holbrook for their end of year assembly. Andrew has also enjoyed getting to know Brazilian children. "I communicated with some boys on their holiday from So Paolo. We didn't share much language but I have learnt some Portuguese, and I use Google Translate on my iPod to help speak to them".

At RoboCup, Katie enjoyed watching the adult robot leagues, especially the Robot Soccer. "We cheered on the Boldhearts team from the University of Hertfordshire. Their robots, Nimue and Bors were so cute."

Jessica, aged 8, was the youngest ever competitor at RoboCup. "It was like I was a celebrity. People from across South America were queuing to take their picture with me. I don't know if that's because of my age, my blonde hair or because they really love robots". It is estimated that 70,000 people came as spectators to RoboCup.

Although they did not win every match, Jessica had the right attitude and developed her own catchphrase where she threw her arms in the air and shouted, "I'm staying positive!". That always lifted spirits.

The team were in Joao Pessoa until the 27th of July and followers of their progress were kept up-to-date on their progress at @TrainyTeacher on twitter.

Overall, the children came 4th in the main competition, 3rd in the SuperTeam competition (where they worked with Team Austria and T&Y from Japan). They achieved 1st place in the Technical Presentation, for which they were awarded a certificate and were awarded 1st place in the Programming Challenge.

They received media attention from the Ipswich Star. Follow this link to view the news article - Ipswich Star

RoboCup 2014 Gallery

29/07/2014 at 07:52:25

Pupils from Holbrook Primary School, sponsored by Ant Group, are back from RoboCup 2014 Competition in Brazil. They battled it out with 4,000 young people from over 50 countries. Well done team!

RoboCup GalleryView the gallery here

Ant Group Sponsors RoboCup 2014

22/07/2014 at 09:58:35

Four pupils from Suffolk are representing Great Britain in the World Final of RoboCup 2014 in Brazil. Robocup is a prestigious international robotics competition which attracts teams from top universities, technology companies and schools from around the world, who compete in different leagues.

The team are managed by Mr Richard Williams, Computing Co-ordinator who introduced coding to the school in the Autumn to meet the requirements of the new Computing curriculum. The National Curriculum for computing says children should be taught to explain how simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. This is how the children have improved their codes for the competition and how they were able to win.

Ant Group are sponsoring the team. Based in Ipswich The Ant Group work together to provide innovative solutions for all customers requirements; from technical and creative packaging projects through to full supply chain management of electronic products.

John Hensley, CEO of multi-award-winning technology company Ant Group sponsored the team partly as he believes businesses like his own depend on investing in tomorrows scientific and business stars. This is the next generation of entrepreneurs and inventors, and we ought to support Team Holbrook from the beginning in their challenge. Ambitious, inventive young people need all of the encouragement we can give, and I wish these young lions great success in Brazil, he says.

Visit the RoboCup2014 website

Pictured: Ant Group CEO John Hensley (top right) with the UK Junior Finalists.

Hospice Sponsorship

18/07/2014 at 10:06:22

On the 29th June 2014, green-fingered residents in the Moreton Hall area of Bury St Edmunds opened their gardens to our local community raising money for St Nicholas Hospice.

Antistat sponsored the event, this worthwhile cause being very close to our hearts. Despite the interruption of rain, there was a huge turnout and donations totalled over a massive £2,000 giving the hospice the vital finds it needs to support people and families facing life-shortening illnesses.

Visit their site

Antistat Sponsor St Nicholas Hospice Open Gardens 2014

19/06/2014 at 08:54:36

Antistat are proud to sponsor the Open Gardens of Moreton Hall 2014, a worthwhile charity event for St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. This year, they are hoping to open 30 gardens to represent the 30 years that St Nicholas Hospice has been providing care to people in and around Bury St Edmunds.

You can donate here and learn more about this charity event

Follow The Coffee House on Twitter in Bury St Edmunds who are organising this event

Introducing Integrity Cleanrooms

21/05/2014 at 16:36:05

Integrity Cleanroom


Integrity® Cleanroom is the new range developed by the Ant Group.

We have set the new standard in service with a network of partners and distribution centres spanning the globe. We deliver our promise when you need it; the right product, at the right time, in the right place.

What are the key benefits we offer?

  • Personal service
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  • Fast moving global reach

Visit our site for an overview of our core products.

To learn more about our full range, contact a member of the sales team on +44 (0) 1473 836 205

Antistat ESD Signs

17/04/2014 at 15:30:25

Antistat offer a range of signs to indicate an ESD Protected Areas, boundaries and workstations. Our range includes self adhesive and rigid 3mm thick foamex.

For individual signs or small quantities, try our online shop for next day delivery.

For stock levels and more information about our signs, contact the team on +44 (0) 1473 836 200

Integrity Cleanroom Division

14/02/2014 at 13:39:19

corstat esd boxes

Integrity is a new brand division from Antistat. Integrity supplies high performance cleanroom products which meet today's stringent standards at the critical stages of production. Our existing supply network ensures we have the capacity to meet a global demand.

To enquire about the range, call our cleanroom team on +44 (0) 1473 836 205

Corstat Corrugated board

11/02/2014 at 08:55:57

corstat esd boxes

Corstat® are the industry standard for conductive corrugated board. The material has a buried shielding layer with a sealed surface providing a controlled path to ground.

Component boxes are an effective way to store and transport components that are sensitive to damage from a static charge.

If you would like to learn more, contact our team on +44 (0) 1473 836 200

Learn about ESD Gloves

14/01/2014 at 11:31:40

When handling components and electronic devices that are sensitive to static discharge, it is critical to choose the correct glove in order to protect against potential damage and cost.

We have a range of ESD gloves available; click our PDF link here to learn more about which is suited to your requirements. (PDF opens in a new window)

If you would like to learn more, receive one of our brochures or speak to one of our team, call us on +44 (0) 1473 836 200

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