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Electrocomponents plc is a leading British-based distributor of electronic components. It is headquartered in Oxford, England and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

1967 Radiospares floated on the London Stock Exchange as Electrocomponents

1971 Change of name of Radiospares to RS Components

1990 Acquired Wellco Electric and Hopson Bridgers[1]

1999 Acquired Allied Electronics of USA

Electrocomponents is a leading distributor of electronics and maintenance products serving over 1 million customers in 69 countries. The company distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing sourced from 2,500 suppliers.

The company trades under the brands:

  • RS Components - operations across the world
  • Allied Electronics - operations in North America

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, July 17, 1990