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Everyone knows what static electricity feels like. We’ve all touched a charged piece of clothing and got a small electric shock; surprising but essentially harmless. If an electronic component or device gives off an electrostatic discharge (ESD) it could have a much greater impact, damaging other components, itself and the working environment.

The cost of a single ESD failure in the field or in-house can be hugely significant. Businesses aim to prevent possible damage and reliability problems by storing, assembling and handling equipment in electrostatic safe conditions.

ESD protection has become a vital part of electronics manufacturing. An extensive range of consumable products are available for specific applications and levels of protection. From bags to grounding straps, storage bins to stationery, gloves and shoes to antistatic matting, leading brands such as Antistat and Bondline lead the way in antistatic technology.