|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. Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.
|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|
RS Components 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. 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.
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.
Electrocomponents has operations in 32 countries. The company uses a variety of channels to market including selling via E-commerce, catalogues and trade counters. The group has distribution centres across the world.
In 2003, RS Components was awarded 'E-Business Strategy of the Year' by the UK National Business Awards. In 2011, the company was named 'Distributor of the Year' and 'Company of the Year' at the 2011 Elektra European Electronics Industry awards.
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