Solid State Supplies and Pacer become one company

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Solid State Supplies, the franchised distributor serving the UK electronics community, and Pacer International, a supplier of optoelectronic, display and laser solutions, have officially merged, following a period of close collaboration and integration.

The two organisations have been working closely together since November 2018 when Solid State Group acquired Pacer to enable greater growth generation.

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.

John Macmichael, managing director of Solid State Supplies, said: 'It’s important to note that this merger is very much about accelerating our growth and not a cost reduction exercise,' he said. '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.'

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 an increased sales resource, offering locally based contacts who will be much closer to a range of key business locations.

Macmichael said: '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.'

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