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    Partnership drives forward the development of applications for the Industrial Internet of Things

    Oxford, UK, 11 November 2016 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has been named High Service Distributor of the Year by HARTING, a leading manufacturer of connectivity products for use in a wide range of applications, including the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.

    The award is recognition of the continued investment by RS to introduce new and innovative HARTING products to its stocked offer, which has contributed to significant sales growth on the range over the past 12 months across EMEA and Asia Pacific. The RS DesignSpark engineering platform has also been a major element in this success, providing valuable online resources and design tools for engineers, with quick and easy access to product information and the ability to share and communicate ideas.

    Receiving the award on behalf of RS at the Electronica Trade Fair in Munich this week, Eric Smith, Head of Product Management IP&E at RS commented: "As the Industrial Internet of Things starts to take shape, more and more industrial customers are seeking high-quality connection and networking technology. HARTING is at the cutting-edge in this field, and RS has the capability to make these products easily accessible to customers. It is an honour to receive this accolade as confirmation of our continued cooperation to enable the advancement of applications that are beginning to revolutionise the way industry operates."

    "RS continues to outperform the market with its impressive new product introduction programme, which is unquestionably an important contributing factor in our increased sales performance year-on-year," said Edgar Duening, Managing Director, Global Business Units – Electric and Electronics at HARTING. "With its customer-focused approach, innovative tools and efficient global infrastructure, RS has proved its ability as an effective distribution partner, and we will continue with our successful collaboration to make the Industrial Internet of Things a reality for our customers."

    Photo caption (left to right):
    Lindsley Ruth, Group Chief Executive, Electrocomponents; Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board, HARTING.


    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.