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RS Components Launches 2012 Catalogue in Print and Digital Formats in Asia Pacific

Multi-format catalogue strengthens service offerings for faster comparison, selection and purchase options for customers

Taiwan, 10 April 2012 :

RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, today announced the launch of its 2012 catalogue in print and digital formats in Asia Pacific*. All products featured in the catalogues are in stock and available for immediate delivery from stocking locations across the region for optimum availability.

The new RS Components print catalogue includes over 60,000 of the most popular products from its portfolio of 550,000 and will be available from April 2012. The print catalogue is a convenient resource for customers to easily identify products as they constantly race against time to drive new innovations in an increasingly high-value engineering industry.

Richard Huxley, Regional General Manager, Asia Pacific, RS Components, said: “Asia continues to lead global growth for RS Components. We will continue to improve our product and service offerings to meet the needs of a new generation of tech-savvy engineers who are constantly evolving their work patterns. Our new catalogue, featuring an even better and wider range, aims to fulfil this need and cement our position as the preferred distributor for engineers and procurement specialists in the region.”

The digital catalogue will be available from May 2012 on a USB memory stick or as a customisable PDF download from RS Online. Launched last year, the digital USB version of the catalogue has proven to be popular in Asia Pacific. The easy-to-use tool was designed for engineers constantly on the go. The 2012 digital catalogue features over 60,000 products and includes many enhanced functionalities.

Users can choose to:
• Browse the digital catalogue page-by-page
• Flick across complete sections at a time
• Search by stock number, manufacturer part number, product type or page number
• Bookmark pages and create and save notes for future reference
• Recently viewed pages are stored, allowing easy navigation

Using an internet connection, the digital catalogue seamlessly links customers to RS Online, providing them with access to over 550,000 products available globally. The fully transactional website enables customers to easily and quickly research, select and order products online. Customers can instantly get the latest product and pricing information as new products and updates are introduced on RS Online throughout the year. Whilst connected, they also have access to online resources such as data sheets and the 3D CAD model library.

“Customers’ needs are at the heart of our business. We carried out extensive research into how we could optimise the browsing experience for them. We are confident that the new digital catalogue has taken the findings into consideration and will help our customers find their chosen products efficiently,” said Huxley.

* excluding Japan 

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6 million customers worldwide and distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair. The Group ships more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of £1.18bn.

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