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Active Electronics has signed a new agreement with Heatsense Cables

Heatsense has been manufacturing cables in Greater Manchester since the early 1980s. Alongside Heatsense’s extensive range of standard & specialist cables, Heatsense also offers a bespoke cables design and development service.

Heatsense is ISO9001:2015 & ISO14001:2015 accredited and has been approved as F4N (Fit for Nuclear) by the NAMRC (Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) in Sheffield, England. Our team have the versatility, knowledge and expertise to manufacture cabling for highly specialised uses. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.


Brexit Strategy

To whom it may concern, 9th November 2020.

Reference Brexit Strategy.

With Brexit fast approaching I would like to advise you of Active Electronics Plc’s position, whether there is a deal or not, and the necessary steps that we’ve taken to ensure continuity of business from 1st January 2021.

(a) Our freight forwarders will continue to process customs declarations on our behalf, where applicable, from 1st January 2021.

(b) We have an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number, 342860164000 if required. Please note on occasions a GB prefix is required.

(c) The new tariffs and duty rates have been published and these have been reviewed. At the appropriate time we have the procedures to implement the changes on our system and communicate these to the stakeholders.

(d) We have consulted and advised our employees on the implications of Brexit on the business.

(e) We have assessed the order backlog for 2021 and where the goods originate from within the E.U. we are contacting customers and suppliers individually to see if it is possible to deliver the goods in 2020 as a precaution.

(f) Please note in accordance with our standard terms and conditions there is the possibility of price increases due to freight charges and foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

(g) If any customers still have supply chain concerns, then I would encourage them to place orders now for immediate delivery.

For the latest information on trading with the EU post Brexit please go to the following link: .

If you should have any questions regarding our Brexit strategy, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully

Clive Homewood

Managing Director

Active Electronics Plc

Customer Statement On The COVID-19 Coronavirus

To Whom it may concern,

I hope that you are all well and keeping safe during this difficult time.

Following the latest guidance issued from the U.K. Government, I can confirm that Active Electronics Plc is open for business as usual.

In order to support our customers without compromise to our staff’s safety and wellbeing we have those who can work from home doing so and thereafter those working in an environment where the Government’s distancing guidelines can be observed.

It is important to note that most of our customers are designated as “Essential Businesses,” we are therefore committed to supporting their good work in keeping the Country safe.

Please stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Clive Homewood

Managing Director

Active Electronics Plc

Active Electronics has signed a new distribution agreement with KEC Ltd

KEC has been producing high performance EMC circular backshells for over 40 years.  Their products are all manufactured in the UK, significantly reducing delivery lead times and maximising availability for both small batch and high-volume production runs, all at competitive prices.

KEC is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registered company and holds EN 9100 design and manufacturing approval.

DSEI 2019

Active Electronics will be exhibiting at the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEI) Exhibition, at the ExCeL Centre, London, from the 10th to 13th September 2019.

Active Electronics PLC will exhibit at DVD2018

Active Electronics PLC will exhibit at DVD2018, held at the Milbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire on September 19th and 20th. DVD is one of the most important events in the Defence diary for those involved in the equipment and support for the UK’s Land Forces. We will have a range of advanced, innovative and versatile products on show, such as the Pegasus 7.1AA infrared coded ID beacon, the latest multi spectrum viewing systems, thermal and infrared markers, and Small Foot’s inflatable snowshoes. Come visit us at stand C3-509; we will be happy to demonstrate our portfolio and discuss how Active Electronics can help your organisation.

BPE acts for Active Electronics plc in acquisition

Gloucestershire law firm BPE Solicitors acted for High-Wycombe based multi-national, Active Electronics plc, in its acquisition by South West-based businessman, Clive Scott for an undisclosed sum.

Active Electronics is a leading specialist supplier of components and electronic assemblies to the aerospace, defence and other high-reliability sectors. Established in 1974, the company has a wholly-owned subsidiary in New York, USA and a sales office in Sydney, Australia. The business reported sales figures for 2017 of £11.6 million.

The US-based subsidiary is registered to export defence and military related technologies from the United States.

BPE’s Corporate team said: “The intricacies in selling a business which requires the US authorities’ consent to transfer the US export license demands a complex audit procedure to ensure license conditions are met, on top of the usual considerations when selling, to enable the sale of the business to occur.”

BPE provided legal advice to the vendor, working alongside Rich Grover from Hazlewoods who provided corporate finance advice.

Hazlewoods Corporate Finance team advise on the sale of Active Electronics Plc

Hazlewoods Corporate Finance team are delighted to announce the sale of Active Electronics Plc, an electronic components distributor and sourcing specialist.

Active Electronics, which supplies components and assemblies to the aerospace and defence industries, was bought by Clive Scott, South West-based businessman, for an undisclosed sum. 

Hazlewoods Corporate Finance team acted as sole and exclusive advisers on the sale, managing the transaction from inception to completion, finding the purchaser and coordinating the deal through due diligence. 

Established in 1974, Active Electronics has become a leading service provider of electronic components, combat identification products and defence equipment to a wide-ranging blue chip customer base. 

The business, with headquarters in High Wycombe, has a procurement subsidiary in New York, USA and a sales office in Sydney, Australia. In 2017, the business achieved sales of £12 million. 

Mr Scott, said: “Active is a leading specialist in its field and is well known for its excellent quality and customer service, as evidenced by its SC21 Silver approval. I am looking forward to working with the experienced team as the company moves forward.”

Steve Roe, former Chairman and shareholder of Active Electronics, said: “Hazlewoods assisted me with the disposal of my family business and I would heartily recommend them. From the beginning of the process, right through to the end, they were extremely professional, diligent and responsive to any matters that arose.

“A particular mention must be given to Rich Grover, who assisted Paul Fussell with the transaction. He was always there to quickly resolve any issues or questions I had and was exemplary in the service he provided.

“I was very happy with the way in which the transaction was managed every step of the way and would have no hesitation in recommending Hazlewoods to other business owners looking to sell.” 

Paul Fussell, Hazlewoods Corporate Finance Partner, said: “We are delighted to have advised Mr Roe, whose father founded the company some 44 years ago.

“We wish Mr Roe and his family every success for the future and are delighted the company has been acquired by Mr Scott, whose industry expertise will no doubt prove invaluable in driving business success for the future.”

SC21 Silver Award for Active Electronics

Active Electronics are proud to announce that we have achieved SC21 Silver Award status for the 8th consecutive year.  Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) is an improvement programmer designed to increase the performance of suppliers within the UK Aerospace, Defense and Space industries.  Silver Award denotes performing at above 95.0% On Time Delivery and 99.5% Quality Compliance over a period of twelve months.