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Steatite Supports Movember

Steatite Supports MovemberYou may have spotted myself and Mike Mountfield this month looking slightly different. It’s Movember and time to make a difference.

Men’s health is a cause we are both passionate about but in order to make a difference we need your help. Our commitment is to grow a moustache for the month of November and in doing so, raise vital awareness and funds for mens health including prostate and testicular cancer.

I am asking you to help support our personal journey by making a donation. The size of which isn’t important, every little contribution helps Movember to continue its funding of world class programmes. If you want to know more about what you’ll be helping to fund, you can visit Movember’s Program Overview page.

To highlight the importance of what we are doing, take a look at these statistics:

  • 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • This year 40,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in the UK
  • 47% of testicular cancer cases occur in men under 35 years and over 90% occur in men under 55 years

Steatite Supports MovemberIf you’d like to help change these statistics, please donate to ‘THE TEAM’:

  • Donating online at:
  • Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember’, referencing my Registration ID: 1589070 and mailing it to: Movember Europe PO Box 68600 London EC1P 1EF

For more details, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website:

Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to change the face of men’s health.

Many thanks

James Munger
Group Marketing Manager
Steatite Limited

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Solid State PLC secure £3.5m In-Vehicle Contract for export

The Board of Solid State plc (AIM: SSP), the AIM listed supplier of industrial/ruggedised computers, specialist electronic components and battery power solutions to the electronics market, is pleased to announce that the Company has secured an export order for in-vehicle rugged computers worth in excess of £3.5m from a global provider of communication solutions.

The contract was won after extensive consultation with the client on the required product specification and reflects Solid State’s strength in design-in, supply and support of bespoke applications. The existing contract is for installation at two locations. There is the potential of further orders for other locations in due course.

The volume of the product to be supplied means that the order will be delivered at lower than normal average group margin, however it will be fulfilled before 30 September 2012 and will therefore fall within the first half of the financial year.

John Lavery, Managing Director of Steatite commented on the success in an interview, listen to it here.

Solid State plc (SSP) is a leading value added group of companies providing specialist distribution, design-in and manufacturing services to those acquiring industrial/rugged computing products, battery power solutions and electronic components for use in harsh environments.
Serving niche markets in oil & gas production, medical, construction, security, military and field maintenance, Solid State acts as both a distributor to OEMs and bespoke manufacturer of specialist units to clients with complex requirements.
Headquartered in Paddock Wood in Kent, Solid State employs over 100 staff across four sites. Solid State operates through two main divisions: Solid State Supplies and Steatite.
Solid State was established in 1971 and admitted to AIM in June 1996.

For further information please contact:
Solid State PLC
Gary Marsh – Chief Executive
Winningtons (Financial PR)
Tom Cooper

Steatite Exhibiting at Embedded World 2012

Steatite will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2012 Exhibition, held between February 28th and March 1st in Nuremberg, Germany. With over 900 exhibitors and 19,000 visitors, the annual exhibition focuses on the latest developments within the embedded industry.

Steatite will be partnering with one of our suppliers, IEI Technology, on Booth No 2-426 in Hall 2.

For further information or a product demonstration, please contact us or visit Steatite at the show in Hall 2, Booth No 2-426.

Solid State PLC acquires the assets of Blazepoint Ltd

We are pleased to advise that Solid State PLC has acquired the assets of Blazepoint Ltd in a deal that has secured the on-going technology and capability moving forward.

Now trading under the STEATITE BLAZEPOINT brand, the division sits under the Steatite arm of Solid State PLC. Steatite has built a strong reputation for supplying computing platforms to be used in harsh environments in both commercial and military applications and the addition of Steatite Blazepoint enhances this capability with their extensive knowledge of robust mobile computing platforms.

Our goal is to enhance and develop our products, capabilities, services and support within Steatite Blazepoint and work with existing and new clients to supply robust mobile computing solutions that exceed expectations.

AIM listed Solid State PLC is broken into differing trading divisions. Steatite based in Redditch, is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of industrial rugged computing platforms and battery power solutions, while Solid State Supplies, located in Paddock Wood, Kent is a leading edge specialist electronic component distributor.

We look forward to working with you in the future and if you have any questions please feel free to contact our sales team in the usual manner (see below).

Kind Regards

Michael Mountfield
Sales Director
Steatite Blazepoint Ltd

HOSDB 2011 – Record Attendance

March 22nd to 24th delivered three buy days for the Steatite Team at the 2011 HOSDB show.

Steatite Stand

A|D|S hailed the success of HOSDB 2011, the Home Office’s annual security exhibition.

The event was said to be bigger than ever in 2011 and after three successful days at Farnborough in Hampshire, the official show figures have revealed that a total 429 companies exhibited at the event, had over 3,500 registered visitors with over 600 international attendees from more than 50 countries were also present.

A|D|S, the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space trade organisation runs the event on behalf of the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) at Farnborough.

HOSDB 2011

The Team experienced three busy days at the show that enabled the team to meet many of our current customers while receiving new interest from visitors who approached us with specific requirements and technical questions, which resulted in a whole series of project ideas.

Debbie Reed, Marketing Manager of Steatite said:

“This was our first time exhibiting at the show and the general consensus of opinion from the team was that it was a great success. This week was about showcasing our capabilities to the security and defence authorities in the UK and internationally. In addition to the capabilities and product that Steatite currently provide to local authorities in the UK, we now look forward to exploring the global opportunities for this sector that this show has delivered to us with approved partner nations”

Attending on the Steatite stand was Mike Mountfield, Sales Director, Paul Edwards Battery division sales manager, Sebastian Leaver rugged systems project manager and Debbie Reed Steatite Marketing Manager.

Steatite Exhibiting at Counter Terror Expo 2011

Expo 2011

Steatite Exhibiting at Counter Terror Expo April 19th – 20th 2011 (Stand A20)

Steatite is pleased to invite you to visit us at the Counter Terror Expo 2011, where we will be demonstrating our design capabilities and bespoke rugged technology solutions.

The Exhibition is the largest event globally to focus on Counter Terrorism and specialist security solutions for the public and private sector. It brings together all relevant organisations and equipment suppliers with the aim of improving public safety.

Steatite brings extensive experience in the design and provision of custom solutions, including rugged computing hardware and custom designed battery power.

The Steatite Showcase will include the latest in Rugged computing technology along with Steatite lithium battery solutions.

Steatite will also be host to Marty Conrad who will be presenting a workshop presentation on:

Tactical MANET (Mobile Adhock NETwork Radio)

This is a new and very interesting radio system ideal for urban, underground and terrains that normally challenge conventional radio networks.

The workshop theme will be


For more details, please contact Steatite sales at We look forward to seeing you at Counter Terror Expo – Stand A20.

Steatite Limited
Ravensbank Business Park
Acanthus Road
B98 9EX

Tel: (+44) 01527 512400
Fax: (+44) 01527 512419

Change to Company Operations

We would like to advise you of an operational change taking effect on 1st April 2011.


Rugged Systems Ltd will merge its business into Steatite Ltd, creating a single operating company. The two companies have operated under the same infrastructure and methodology since the acquisition of Rugged Systems Limited in 2010.


The change will allow us to focus our business and account management in a more efficient and centralised way.


The immediate change has been the company name.


New company name – STEATITE LTD


Rugged Systems Ltd will now trade as Rugged Systems a division of Steatite Ltd and will also be moving its Camberley sales office to a brand new facility on the 8th April. 


The new sales office address details are:


Rugged Systems

Marlin House,

459 London Road,



GU15 3JA .


The HQ address for Steatite Limited is:


Steatite Limited

Rugged Systems

Ravensbank Business Park

Acanthus Road



B98 9EX



Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact us on 01527 512400 or email us at


Yours faithfully,

Jihn Signatu


J M Lavery

Managing Director

Steatite Ltd & Rugged Systems Ltd

Steatite Exhibiting at the HOSDB Show March 22nd – 24th 2011 (Stand E3)

Steatite will be exhibiting at The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) exhibition which is the UK’s premier platform for showcasing world leading technologies and solutions for law enforcement and public security applications. This exhibition is the UK’s only secure event for the engagement of UK and international police and security professionals with the pinnacle of the UK security industry.

• Security and Counter Terrorism
• Crime and Policing
• Border Security and Immigration Control

Steatite brings extensive experience to the show, in the design and provision of custom solutions, including rugged computing hardware and custom designed battery power. 

Steatite will be exhibiting a range of rugged products at the show including; The GD300 which Enables Unprecedented GPS and Situational Awareness for anti terror and War fighters. As light as commercial handheld GPS devices, the Android™-based GD300 enables war fighters to pinpoint their location, refer to pre-loaded mission plans and access secure tactical network.  In addition on display will be the Getac Mil-STD – 810G and IP65 certified V200 fully rugged convertible notebook and MH132 fully rugged Smartphone.


Where battery packs are required for demanding applications, Steatite has a proven heritage designing and manufacturing portable power for the most demanding applications. Steatite works with world class battery cell manufacturers providing true value added services, building chargeable and non– rechargeable lithium batteries and battery packs.

On display will be the Steatite Auxiliary power Unit designed for the professional user in critical applications where reliability and performance matter. Using rechargeable lithium batteries the APU provides excellent energy density. The pack is used widely by CROPS personnel, technical support units, rapid response units and other authorities who require portable power for electronic equipment. Steatite units incorporate safety electronics and battery protection and real state of charge LED indication.

For more details, please contact Steatite sales at or visit us on stand E3 at HOSDB

Official Opening of New Steatite Facilities

Office OpeningSteatite have officially opened their new self contained purpose built facility located within the Ravensbank Business Park in Redditch, Worcestershire. Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove and Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, unveiled a plaque to mark the relocation.

This is a prime location only 4 miles from the M42 (J3) which makes Steatite’s new site extremely accessible to all its customers nationwide. Despite the current financial climate, Steatite has continued to grow from strength to strength which resulted in the need to expand production capabilities for its customers.

In December 2010, Steatite won a £100k+ contract to supply industrial computers to the new BBC site in Manchester for use in various control applications. This was using Steatite’s own design 1U lower power computers with a custom operating system.  Further to that Steatite secured another major contract worth over £250K with Enterprise PLC, The UK’s largest dedicated provider of maintenance and front-line services to the public sector and utility industry.


Office OpeningDuring 2010 profits in the first half of the year rose by 48% with sales increasing by 22% compared to the same period last year. This result reflects the growth of new   product development, key target market penetration and a strategy of focus on our key customer base.

The new facility increases from 12,000 ft to 25,000 ft, giving efficiencies in warehouse, production and office space which will offer increased production and stores space along with the capacity for extended testing. Steatite’s aim is to use the extra space available to improve production capability and reduce lead times, with the option to increase their stock holding for continuing improvement programs that will benefit all its customers.

“Since moving to Redditch, Steatite created 42 jobs” said John Lavery, Managing Director, Steatite. “Turnover has grown from £2.8 million to £16 million with plans to increase to a turnover of £30 million. We want to continue employing local semi and skilled work force, and we remain committed to working closely with our customers and develop strong relationships with blue-chip companies and smaller commercial customers alike.”