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August 1948.

1937 Radiospares was founded in London by Johann Herbert Waring (formerly Johann Weinberger) and Paul Martin Sebestyen, supplying components to the radio receiver industry. Each invested £50 to start the business. There was third partner - Waring's brother - but he left after a few months.

Started in a lock up garage in Lanark Villas, Maida Vale, and moved to slightly larger, but more antiquated, premises in Birchington Road in nearby Kilburn

1939 Employing had eight representatives covering the Home Counties

1947 Established an export link with the newly-founded Radionics in Dublin

1954 The product range was expanded beyond radio and television spares

Bought Reading Windings but this was not successful and was later closed.

Offices in Maiden Street (Warren Street) and also at Epworth Street, Shoreditch

1967 Floated on the London Stock Exchange as Electrocomponents

1971 Sebestyen retires

1971 Changed its name to RS Components

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