Static Control Will Merge with Cartridge Chip-Maker Apex Microelectronics
On May 7th, Static Control Components, which is headquartered in Sanford, North Carolina, announced that it was merging with Chinese manufacturer Apex Microelectronics. According to a Reuters news report, Apex has purchased a controlling share of Static Control for $63 million.
Static Control claims the title of the world’s largest manufacture and supplier of aftermarket imaging supplies and components, such as toner cartridge and cartridge chips, for printers, MFPs, and copiers, and has been in business for over 25 years, supplying more than 15,000 products to over 20,000 customers.
Apex, which is listed on China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange, is said to be the world’s largest supplier of computer chips for use in ink and toner cartridges. Apex has research and development facilities in China, and strategic partnerships with various integrated-circuit enterprises in the United States, Europe, Taiwan, and Japan.
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