RS Components expands Siemens stocked offer in Europe by more than 10%

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RS is first to stock new range of Siemens communications modules

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Our stocked offer from Siemens is proving to be of great help to industrial companies that want to avoid carrying unnecessary stock for their maintenance or design requirements.

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has expanded its stocked offer from Siemens across Europe by more than 10% to over 20,000 products. The extended range includes key product families such as SITOP, LOGO!, S7-1200, SCALANCE and SIRIUS, all of which are available for next day delivery. It also includes the latest communications processor for the SIMATIC S7-1200 programmable logic controller (PLC) which RS is the first to stock.

The new CP 1242-7 communications processor is a key addition to the automation and control range from RS, the company’s primary technology focus in the maintenance sector. The module connects the S7-1200 PLC to the GSM/GPRS mobile wireless network, turning the controller into a telecontrol substation. This enables the centralised management of remote automation solutions in numerous applications across the industrial, engineering and utilities sectors, reducing maintenance and travel costs and negating high network infrastructure costs.

The expanded industrial communications offer from Siemens also includes new additions to the SCALANCE X unmanaged switches product range. These Industrial Ethernet switches and media converters are the low cost solution for setting up Industrial Ethernet topologies, making them ideal for implementing machine networking with different transmission media at a reduced rate.

Kevin Thompson, General Manager Maintenance at Electrocomponents, commented: “Our stocked offer from Siemens is proving to be of great help to industrial companies that want to avoid carrying unnecessary stock for their maintenance or design requirements. The expansion of this product range, together with recent extensions to our trading relationship with Siemens across Europe and Asia, has reinforced the importance of our global strategic partnership. Alongside our eCommerce offering, this gives us a key advantage in the automation and control sector.”

“Our strategic partnership of more than 20 years continues to grow in both Europe and Asia to the benefit of customers worldwide,” said Uwe Haeberer, Head of Business Development of Siemens Industry Sector. “Our technological leadership associated with the leading eCommerce and logistics infrastructure of RS Components provides substantial benefits. We will continue to develop our offer together to better meet the needs of customers.”

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6 million customers worldwide and distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair. The Group ships more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of £1.18bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.

About Siemens
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world's largest provider of environmental technologies. Around 40 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2011, which ended on September 30, 2011, revenue from continuing operations totaled €73.5 billion and income from continuing operations €7.0 billion. At the end of September 2011, Siemens had around 360,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Further information is available on the Internet at http://www.siemens.com

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Electrocomponents plc
Phone: +44 (0)1865 207515
Email: lynn.webster-scott (at) electrocomponents (dot) com

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