Solid State Supplies & Pacer distribution business merge to become one company

06 April 2021

Solid State Supplies_Pacer logos
Solid State Supplies_Pacer logos

Following a period of close collaboration, since Solid State Group acquired Pacer in November 2018, the distribution side of Pacer International, a specialist supplier of optoelectronic, display & laser solutions, has now merged with Solid State Supplies, a franchised distributor serving the UK electronics community.

The merger will create a scalable, more efficient organisation, benefitting the customers of both companies by offering a broader portfolio and a more complete value-added solution, to enable greater growth generation.

It’s important to note that this merger is very much about accelerating our growth, and not a cost reduction exercise,” says John Macmichael, Managing Director of Pacer and Solid State Supplies. “We are at the start of an exciting future for us and our customers. We are operating in a very competitive, international business environment, and so we need to build a robust structure that can easily and rapidly facilitate our high growth aspirations. We are confident that we are in the best possible position to achieve our ambitions.

Adding value to the supply chain is a key focus for the companies, and both Solid State and Pacer contribute complementary value-add services to the collective offering. Another area where customers may see a further positive difference is around account management. The merger will create increased sales resources, offering locally-based contacts who will be much closer to a range of key business locations.

Macmichael concludes: “The last 12 months have undoubtedly been extremely challenging, not just for us at Pacer and Solid State Supplies, but for many companies. This merger, however, hasn’t been triggered by the pandemic, but by our experience of working so closely and successfully with one another over the past three years. We truly believe that we are better by being stronger together.

Pacer's Design and Manufacturing facility at Weymouth will continue to operate and expand under the Pacer name, as a valuable contributor to the group's value-add services and solutions.

About Solid State Supplies
Solid State Supplies (part of Solid State plc) is a technical, franchised distributor serving the UK electronics community. It sells semiconductors, related components and modules for embedded processing, control and communications (both wireless and wired), sensing and switching, power management and LED lighting. Focusing on products from a limited number of suppliers, it understands their products in depth and offers customers outstanding levels of commercial and technical support. It has particular expertise in high-reliability components for mil/aero applications, sensing and switching for electric vehicles (EVs), and end-to-end IoT solutions using modules, finished products and cloud connectivity. Its Quality Management System accords with ISO 9001: 2015, AS9120, and AS9100.

About Pacer International
Pacer was established in 1989 to specialise in the distribution and custom design of optoelectronic components, detectors, sensors, lasers and displays to the OEM market in the defence, security, medical, commercial and industrial sectors. Pacer provides off-the-shelf components as well as bespoke design solutions and value engineering. In the UK, Pacer operates from offices in Pangbourne and the design and production facility in Weymouth. Its US subsidiary Pacer USA LLC is based in Florida. All facilities are ISO9001 approved, including the 70 sq. m ISO14644-1 class 7 clean room, with relevant facilities holding AS9120, QS9000, ISO13485, TS16949, ISO14001 and FDA accreditation.
Pacer Components Limited (t/a Pacer International) and Pacer USA LLC were acquired by Solid State plc in November 2018. Solid State is an AIM listed manufacturer of computing, power and communications products, and value-added distributor of electronic components. Pacer’s business complements and enhances that of the Solid State group

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