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  • RS Components showcases its support for education and innovation in the IET and ITN Productions ‘Engineering Around Us’ programme

    New online programme combines key industry interviews and news-style reports to highlight the multi-disciplinary nature of engineering

    Oxford, UK, 13 October 2016 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has participated in a new online engineering programme commissioned by ITN Productions and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) to highlight its support for education and innovation. The ‘Engineering Around Us’ programme showcases the increasingly diverse and multi-disciplinary nature of engineering with the help of key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles of some of the leading organisations in the sector.

    The film features RS Live, the impressive 35-tonne mobile experience that is currently touring across northern and central Europe showcasing the company’s innovation to customers, academic institutions and local communities. The programme shows year seven school children gaining a hands-on experience of engineering through a series of interactive display zones within the ‘innovation in motion’ vehicle. RS Live aims to bring engineering and technology to everyone, and to capture the interest of future engineers. RS recognises its potential to influence the uptake of engineering to prevent a future skills gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

    The programme also highlights the role of RS as a technology enabler by striving to be the first to bring innovation and new products to market. Jesse Lozano, CEO and co-founder of pi-top, is one of the spokespeople in the film and discusses the key role that the free and unlimited DesignSpark PCB software from RS played in the development of their innovative product. The ease of use and availability of the electronics design software enabled the first pi-top prototype to be created in just nine months.


    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.