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RS Components signs global distribution agreement with Adafruit to supply electronics and computing products for makers and hobbyists

Agreement includes access to an expanding range of popular boards and Raspberry Pi and Arduino accessories

Malaysia, 18 November 2016:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has signed an authorised distribution agreement with Adafruit Industries, a leader in open-source hardware, tools, equipment and electronics for makers and hobbyists of all ages and skill levels, and anyone wanting to learn about electronics. Building on the existing relationship between RS and Adafruit, the agreement will enable customers anywhere in the world to purchase directly from the largest selection of Adafruit products available from any global distributor.

While RS currently stocks a number of Adafruit products, the agreement enables a considerable expansion of the portfolio to include the entire line up of current products including Adafruit’s top-selling boards and accessories for Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

“Adafruit is a well-respected provider of maker and hobbyist products aimed at a highly diverse range of ages and skills,” said Rob Maycroft, Global Product Manager at RS. “This is very important to our growing user base of students and innovators. Adafruit’s high quality and carefully selected devices and tools will definitely enhance the selection of products RS is able to offer to the maker community.”

“RS has a great reputation for high standards of service and world-class logistics,” said Limor "Ladyada" Fried, founder and engineer at Adafruit Industries. “This global agreement with RS will help us extend our reach to ensure that engineers, developers and makers across the world have fast and easy access to our electronics and more.”

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of £1.29bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-online.com.

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS WeChat ID: RS_Components_CN

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-online.com

DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com