Successful long-term cooperation now tuned to deliver even better support for customers all the way from low quantities to high-volume production

OXFORD, UK, 29 March, 2016 -- RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has secured easier access for customers of its ALPS portfolio, after agreeing new distribution terms that streamline logistical connections and simplify handling of orders for large quantities in reels or tubes.

The agreement strengthens RS components as a trusted source for the highly-regarded and ultra-reliable ALPS range, http://uk.rs-online.com/web/b/alps/ which includes low-profile tactile switches in a wide range of styles, sizes and ratings, as well as a large selection of pushbutton switches, joysticks, detector switches, potentiometers and rotary encoders.

At the signing of the contract in Japan during late January, Kevin McCormack, Head of Product Inventory and Pricing -- APAC at RS, said: "Partnering closely with ALPS now strengthens our ability to support customers' projects from the earliest stages through to full production, whether on or offshore, worldwide. We expect to accelerate growth of our market share in switches, passives and sensors."

Mr. Takashi Kimoto, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing for ALPS Electric Co., added: "We are delighted to sign a new agreement with RS and move forward to achieve even greater success in the future. RS has a powerful global infrastructure and depth of customer support that create an ideal platform for driving more ALPS devices into even more of the world's best high-tech products."

RS has recently introduced 138 lines of tactile switches, and will further increase the range with more than 200 additional lines before the end of June 2016.

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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 around 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 2015 had revenues of 1.27bn.

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