Acal buys Sedgemoor as part of semiconductor distribution plans

Acal buys Sedgemoor as part of semiconductor distribution plans
Richard Wilson Distributor Acal says its takeover of Sedgemoor is an important part of plans to expand its semiconductor component business. Acal’s ?78m agreed takeover offer for Sedgemoor, owner of distributors Gothic Crellon and Townsend Coates, is intended to give it the strategic strength to expand its pan-European activities, in particular its semiconductor sales. “We are now a bigger player in the components business, that is the number one priority,” said Tony Laughton, group managing director at Acal. With the addition of Sedgemoor’s UK businesses, which also include ACT, Radiatron and Amega, Acal’s electronics component distribution sales leap to 56 per cent of total turnover. The acquisition, says Laughton, is an important part of Acal’s plans to expand its semiconductor distribution business in the UK. “We have significant semiconductor sales in Holland and Belgium and we are developing an active components businesses from scratch in other parts of Europe. So this deal gives us a big head-start in the UK,” said Laughton. Sedgemoor’s semiconductor business lies principally in Gothic Crellon and Amega with franchises that include Philips Semiconductors, Mitsubishi, CML, Actel, Sierra and Mitel. The board of Sedgemoor and shareholders representing 27 per cent of the company have already agreed to Acal’s offer.


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