Building on long-term relationship with APEM, new cooperation deal for the EMEA region includes introduction of 1000+ products from IDEC
London, UK, 31 January 2018 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced a distribution agreement for the EMEA region with IDEC EMEA, a leading manufacturer of innovative industrial automation and control products.
The recently signed deal between the two companies builds upon the longstanding and successful relationship between APEM and RS, following the acquisition of the APEM group by IDEC EMEA in March 2017. RS is the first distributor in Europe to stock the IDEC range, which will initially include more than 1000 part numbers available to RS customers in EMEA with more to follow in the coming months.
The launch includes more than 700 new industrial control switches with both 16mm and 22mm diameters, as well as safety switches, enabling switches, safety laser scanners, power supplies and industrial LED lighting products.
“APEM and RS have enjoyed a long and successful cooperation and we are delighted to now add IDEC products to the RS portfolio,” commented Jim Cooper, Vice President of EMEA Sales at APEM and IDEC. “The high quality and high specifications of the IDEC products are ideally suited to some of the key markets RS addresses such as industrial automation, MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) and the Internet of Things.”
“APEM has been a longstanding partner of RS and welcomes the opportunity to develop its business and relationship following the IDEC acquisition,” said Eric Smith, Vice President, Interconnect and Electromechanical at RS. “The high-quality industrial nature of the IDEC product range will resonate well with our core customers across all markets.”
About IDEC Corporation
IDEC, a Japanese-based global company incorporated in Osaka, is a leading manufacturer of high quality controls and safety products for industrial environments. IDEC has a recognized leading position in Japan and Asia, and a proven track record in innovation and quality. For more than 70 years, IDEC has designed and manufactured high quality products. IDEC has manufacturing facilities in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and China. For additional information, please visit www.IDEC.com.
Since its founding in 1952, APEM has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of human machine interface components and panels. APEM develops, manufactures and markets products for diverse markets including agricultural, medical, aeronautics, defense and transportation. APEM is established in 11 countries and relies on a network of more than 130 distributors and agents spread over five continents to supply more than 20,000 customers worldwide. APEM has production sites in Europe, North Africa, America and Asia. For additional information, please visit www.apem.com.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship around 50,000 parcels a day.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.
For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-online.com.