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  • RS Components clocks up one million members around the world on its DesignSpark online engineering platform

    Popularity of the DesignSpark community has accelerated, with membership more than doubling in the past three years

    LONDON, UK, 9 October 2020 – RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, is marking a significant milestone this week as the company recorded more than one million members on its DesignSpark engineering platform. This impressive number of registrations has been achieved in the same year that the company celebrates 10 years of DesignSpark and signals the platform’s importance and popularity amongst the global engineering community.

    Since its launch in July 2010, DesignSpark has provided professional engineers, start-ups and students around the world with a host of engineering tools and resources, including its professional suite of PCB, mechanical and electrical design software, all freely available to download once registered as a DesignSpark member. Members also take advantage of the platform to share projects, connect with other engineers and students, stay at the forefront of technology, and explore new-to-market product introductions.

    Over the past 10 years, RS has continued to develop the functionality and range of resources available through the DesignSpark ecosystem and has more than doubled its membership in the past three years. Engagement statistics indicate that a new engineer joins the platform every two minutes, professional-level design software is opened every 20 seconds, assets from the CAD-neutral libraries are downloaded every 12 seconds, and a piece of content shared by the community is viewed every four seconds.

    Lindsley Ruth, CEO Electrocomponents, commented: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of DesignSpark over the years, helping us reach this incredible milestone. The real value of DesignSpark is the community itself, and it is the members that truly make the difference. RS is simply the custodian of ensuring the resources and tools stay up to date. We are hugely proud to be at the heart of what has evolved into a vast engineering support team valued by so many users worldwide.”

    Mike Bray, Group VP of Innovation and DesignSpark, commented: "This has been a momentous year for DesignSpark, marking our 10th anniversary and a revamp of the online platform back in July, and now recording our one millionth member. A massive heartfelt thank you goes out to all our members, partners, supporters and contributors. You are the reason for DesignSpark, and why we keep looking for new ways to remove barriers to engineering design and to develop our support for engineers of every age, everywhere.”

    To join the DesignSpark engineering community and benefit from all of the resources the platform has to offer, visit www.rs-online.com/designspark.

    To celebrate reaching this one million member milestone and to thank everybody who has been part of their journey so far, DesignSpark is giving both new and existing members the chance to win a £250 voucher to spend at RS Components or $250 at Allied Electronics for those in North America. The winner will also receive a lifetime software license for either DesignSpark PCB Pro or the DesignSpark Mechanical add-on modules.

    To enter please visit: https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/designspark-is-now-1-million-members-strong


    About RS Components

    RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers who are involved in designing, building or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities. We aim to offer our customers unrivalled choice of product technologies, solve problems with innovative solutions and deliver a world-class customer experience, making it easy to do business with us.

    We stock more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers. We solve problems and provide a wide range of value-added solutions to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship over 50,000 parcels a day.

    Electrocomponents plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2020 reported revenue of £1.95 billion.

    Electrocomponents plc has six operating brands; RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark and IESA.