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Manufacturer of the Raspberry Pi sold

by on15 June 2016

Premier Farnell bought by Daetwyler

One of the makers of the Raspberry Pi is being acquired for $867 million.

Premier Farnell has manufactured the Raspberry Pi under contract to the Raspberry Pi Foundation since the product first shipped about four years ago.

Premier Farnell announced it was being bought by Daetwyler, a Swiss maker of industrial components. Daetwyler said the greater economies of scale would help it to cut costs.

Eben Upton, a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation said that fans of the Raspberry Pi shouldn’t worry.

“We're not expecting any change as a result of the proposed acquisition. These relationships are at the heart of Raspberry Pi's success, and our hope is that the acquisition will do nothing to disturb that, ,” he said.

The foundation licenses the designs to Premier Farnell and to RS Components, another supplier for manufacturing.

The buyout will be sorted out by the fourth quarter. Premier Farnell employs 3,600 people and sells a whole gamut of industrial components and electronics. 

Last modified on 15 June 2016
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