RS Components

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RS Components
IndustryElectronic components
HeadquartersCorby, UK
Area served
UK, Europe, Asia

RS Components is the UK, European and Asia Pacific trading brand of Electrocomponents plc. The company supplies electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters.[1]


Key Dates[2]
1937 Founded as "Radiospares"
1954 Re-focused on industrial sector
1971 Re-branded as "RS Components"
1984 Corby distribution centre opened
1995 CD-ROM catalogue introduced
1995 Nuneaton distribution centre opened
1998 E-commerce web site launched[3]

The business was founded by J.H. Waring and P.M. Sebestyen in 1937 in London under the name Radiospares supplying radio repair shops with spare parts.[2] When televisions became popular, television parts were added to Radiospares' product list. By the end of World War II, the company had evolved into a large national distribution company. In 1954, the founders of Radiospares expanded the company's focus from shops and home users to the industrial sector and began selling electronic components. The company rebranded as RS Components in 1971. RS now has operating companies in countries worldwide, including France, Italy and Germany, and as far afield as New Zealand and China.[4]


RS Trade Counter in Leeds.

RS Components is part of the Electrocomponents group, which trades as RS except in the Americas where it trades as Allied Electronics. The group distributes more than 500,000 products, including electronics, automation and control components, engineering tools and consumables, to over one million customers.[5]

Electrocomponents has operations in 32 countries. The company uses a variety of channels to market including selling via E-commerce, catalogues and trade counters.[6] The group has distribution centres across the world.[7]

In 2003, RS Components was awarded 'E-Business Strategy of the Year' by the UK National Business Awards.[8] In 2011, the company was named 'Distributor of the Year' and 'Company of the Year' at the 2011 Elektra European Electronics Industry awards.[9]

In 2013, both RS and Allied became two of the main manufacturers and distributors for the Raspberry Pi.[10][11][12] The company provides a free-to-use PCB layout tool, DesignSpark PCB.[13]


  1. ^ "Our brands - Electrocomponents". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Walko, John (12 November 2012). "A catalogue of success: How RS Components has grown to become a global distribution power". New Electronics. p. 20. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  3. ^ Cotton, Bob (2003-10-31). E-Selling: Sales 12.3. John Wiley & Sons. p. 59. ISBN 9781841124995. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. ^ "RS Components International". Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Electrocomponents Home"
  6. ^ "Electrocomponents: Our channels to market" Archived 2013-02-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Supply chain".
  8. ^ "RS Components Scoop Top UK Award for Online Investment". National Business Awards. Archived from the original on 2003-12-19. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "2011 Winners: Business Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2003-12-19.
  10. ^ Parrish, Kevin (18 April 2013). "Raspberry Pi Now Shipping From RS Components, Allied". Toms Hardware. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  11. ^ Say, Mark (August 4, 2013). "RS Components launches Raspberry Pi bundles". TechRadar. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  12. ^ Morrison, Graham (6 August 2013). "'It would be fatal if we were still shipping the same Raspberry Pi in 2016'". Linux Format Issue 173. TechRadar. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  13. ^ Maxfield, Clive "Max" (2013-09-13). "Allied Who? RS Who? DesignSpark What?". EE Times. Retrieved 5 December 2015.

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