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RS Components announces first PCB Quote service partners in Asia Pacific for DesignSpark PCB toolNew partnerships with Huaqiang and P-Ban will help design engineers in Asia shorten concept-to-prototype cycle from months to weeks

New partnerships with Huaqiang and P-Ban will help design engineers in Asia shorten concept-to-prototype cycle from months to weeks

Malaysia, 18 March 2014 :

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has unveiled Huaqiang PCB (Huaqiang) and P-Ban.Com Corporation Japan (P-Ban) as its first partners in Asia Pacific (APAC) to offer the instant online Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Quote service via the DesignSpark PCB software. The partnerships will benefit design engineers in Asia with access to quick turnaround PCB manufacturing in prototype-volume, reducing the concept-to-prototype cycle from months to weeks.

“RS Components’ partnership with Huaqiang and P-Ban to provide the PCB Quote service reinforces the importance of the APAC market to our business. The combination of our partners’ strong reputation, wide delivery networks and deep connection with engineers means low prototype quantity for PCB manufacturing is now available at a more competitive cost with quicker turnaround time for DesignSpark PCB users in Asia,” said Eric Lee, Head of Regional Technical Marketing, Asia Pacific, , RS Components.

With Huaqiang and P-Ban onboard as RS Components’ Asian PCB Quote service partners, engineers in APAC now enjoy greater support for PCB manufacturing.  Both companies do not impose minimum order quantities for PCB manufacturing, making them ideal for supporting the design engineer’s requirement for prototyping and all the way up to batch productions.

As a major PCB manufacturer in the Greater China area, Huaqiang is capable of turning around very low quantities from quote to delivery within days.

P-Ban is the largest PCB manufacturer with eCommerce capabilities in Japan with more than 20,000 customers among major Japanese companies.

In 2012, RS Components introduced the PCB Quote service as an industry-pioneering feature of the DesignSpark PCB software.  With a simple click of the “PCB Quote” button in the software, engineers can send manufacturing files of the PCB instantly to a list of PCB manufacturer partners for a quote.  This allows engineers to select their desired PCB manufacturer and place the order immediately.

In addition, with the BOM (Bill of Material) Quote functionality in the DesignSpark PCB software, a user can, at a click of a mouse, populate the BOM immediately with the latest prices and stock availability from the local RS Components’ website. The user can then seamlessly place an order to RS Components for the entire assembly. With RS Components’ quick same-day dispatch, the entire design and production cycle is now fully integrated, enabling engineers to spend their precious time on engineering a better product rather than chasing down deliveries for the various components and the PCB itself.

“We are pleased to announce the partnership with RS Components today, as it aligns with our reputation of service excellence through easy and fast delivery to customers. Through this alliance, we are able to provide faster PCB manufacturing for engineers worldwide, shortening the concept-to-production time for DesignSpark users,” said Carl Zhang, General Manager of Huaqiang. “We are committed to working with RS Components to shorten the product development cycle, reduce research and development costs, and doing our part to support innovation in the global electronics industry.”

“As the leading eCommerce PCB manufacturer in Japan, we are committed to support engineers at every stage of their work -- from prototyping to mass production and at the highest quality and value,” said Yasunobu Goto, Chief Operating Officer of P-Ban. “Hence, we are proud to partner with RS Components to offer the PCB Quote service that will greatly boost the PCB design cycle, and save weeks’ worth of time for engineers.”

Due to its advanced project design and instant online quotation capabilities, DesignSpark PCB has gained an extraordinarily high adoption with more than 200,000 users globally and has become the 'open-source software' tool of choice for sharing and collaborating on designs and projects.

“Our business is centred on supporting engineers throughout the entire process from concept-to-production. We are always innovating to help engineers easily find, design and buy on our website. The PCB Quote and BOM Quote functions are tools we’ve built to simplify engineers’ design process, helping them meet challenges for faster prototype turnaround and shorter time-to-market demands,” Eric concluded. 

About Huaqiang PCB

Huaqiang PCB was founded in 2011, under the Shenzhen Huaqiang Group. It is a high-tech enterprise that provides the sample, allegro and batch production of circuit board professionally. 

The company is committed to manufacturing the high-precision single-sided/ double-sided and multi-layers circuit board to provide high quality products and services for the high-tech enterprises, scientific research units and electronic products enterprises in domestic and foreign markets.

We focus on customer value and offer high efficiency delivery speed and five-star after-sales service, to be one of the most trusted brand suppliers in the industry of PCB. 

About P-Ban.com

P-Ban.com is the largest e-commerce PCB (Printed Circuit Board) company in Japan with more than 20,000 customers among Japanese major companies. 

It is a trustworthy brand which supports PCB supply through ISO9001 certified factories with a certain quality, the lowest price of the industrial standard, and 99.99% of the on-time delivery observance.

We are proud to provide and strongly introduce our “Japan Quality” worldwide.

Our headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan. The manufacturers we tie up with are located in Taiwan, South Korea, China, and Japan. Any PCBs from prototype to mass production are available at the finest quality and value.

Because quality is one of our top missions, we hold regular inspections of the factories to ensure the satisfaction of our domestic customers.

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. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-components.com

DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com