RS Components Launches New 2009 Catalogue in Asia Pacific

Leading Components Distributor Delivers Competitive Prices and Substantial Savings through Print and Online Catalogues

Singapore, 8 May 2009 :

RS Components, the leading global electronics components distributor, today announced the launch of its 2009 catalogue in Asia Pacific with over 12,000 new products. The new RS catalogue is available in print as well as through its fully integrated transactional website.

In addition, to be more price competitive and to help its customers save more, RS is offering price reductions of up to 35% on its entire product range, as well as further savings of up to 80% for large quantity orders. RS also offers free delivery for transactions placed through its website.

"During the current economic climate, customers are managing their inventory control and cash flow further. At the same time, to remain competitive, they need to decrease the time-to-market for new products. As a leading high-service distributor, we understand the importance of delivering on customers’ requirements when they need it in a more cost-effective way. Engineers appreciate our competitive pricing for low volume requirement, reflecting the market demands of the present economic situation," said Richard Huxley, Regional General Manager of RS, Asia Pacific.

Known for offering quality electronics components, the 2009 Catalogue reflects RS’ strength in this field with a broadened electronics and electro-mechanical (EEM) range of products. The EEM range currently accounts for more than half of RS’ entire components offer. This strengthens the total product range available through its website to 350,000 products.

In addition, RS is also introducing a new value-added service to prototyping and low-volume manufacturing customers through the introduction of a production-ready packaging service.

Mr. Huxley added, "This latest catalogue offering of new products and value-added service from RS, along with our e-Commerce platform showcase a massive range of local and international components. This no doubt plays a critical role in supporting the engineers as we move in tandem with changing industry demands and customer buying patterns in the region."

"The high-service distribution business model is in line with the company’s commitment to provide top-notch customer support to our 180,000 customers spread across 10 markets in the Asia-Pacific region where we are tracking for high growth potential. Backed by seven warehouses, the new RS 2009 catalogue maintains its trademark ease-of-use and assurance that enable engineers in Asia Pacific to select and acquire the specific components required to develop their cutting-edge design products." explained Mr. Huxley.

About RS Components

A part of Electrocomponents plc, RS Components (RS) is one of the largest global catalogue and web-based distributors of electronic, electro-mechanical and industrial products.

Operating under the trading brands of RS Components, Radiospares, Radionics and Allied Electronics in the U.S., the Group serves nearly 1.6 million customers in over 80 countries worldwide. Through operations in 27 countries and 16 warehouses, RS distributes 450,000 products from over 2,500 suppliers.

The Group has an annual turnover of over £925 million and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For more information, please visit our market leading website at www.rs-components.com .