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2010

Radiospares and Radionics become RS Components

RS opens new office in Malaysia

DesignSpark and DesignSpark PCB launched

Live Chat service trialled in the UK

3D CAD model library introduced

RS mobile website iPhone application goes live

Desgin Spark

2009

eTech magazine launched

2008

Production Packaging offer launched across UK, Continental Europe and Asia Pacific

2007

Allied moves to its new warehouse and office in Fort Worth, Texas

2006

RS begins operations in Thailand

International sales (outside of the UK) represent more than 50% of global revenue

2005

Enterprise Business System goes live in the UK

2004

Same day despatch offer launched in China

2002

New warehouses in Italy and Germany opened

RS PurchasingManager™ launched

2001

Distributor acquired to form RS Norway

1999

Allied Electronics (formerly Allied Radio) acquired. In the year, Allied's sales are $178m and it has 69 sales offices

RS opens in Japan, the first business of its type in Japan

Allied Electronics

1998

Award-winning internet trading channel launched in the UK

New warehouse in Beauvais doubles capacity in France

Distributors acquired to form RS Benelux, RS Malaysia and RS Sweden

1997

RS opens an additional facility in Nuneaton, adding half a million square feet of warehouse space

Regional distribution centre opens in Singapore to serve Asia

Distributor acquired to form RS Hong Kong

6 regional offices opened in China

1996

Distributor acquired to form RS South Africa

RS start-up opens in Chile

1995

Distributors acquired to form RS Singapore and RS Amidata (Spain)

1994

Radioparts in Denmark acquired and merged with RS Denmark

Distributor acquired to form RS New Zealand

RS wins Queen's Award for Export Achievement

Queens award

1992

RS start-ups open in Italy and Denmark

1991

RS start-up opens in Germany

1990

Verospeed, with operations in France and Austria acquired: renamed Radiospares in France and RS in Austria

RS Australia launched following acquisition of former RS distributor

1989

Corby warehouse expanded

RS purchasing office opened in Taiwan

1986

Radionics in Dublin acquired

1984

Corby warehouse opened

1971

Radiospares changes its name to RS Components

RS Components

1967

Radiospares floats on the London Stock Exchange as Electrocomponents plc

Over 50% of sales are now to industry

Electrocomponents plc

1954

Radiospares products are aimed at industry and product range is extended beyond radio and television spares

1947

Radiospares establishes an export link with the newly founded Radionics in Dublin

1937

Radiospares founded in London by JH Waring and PM Sebestyen

1928

Allied Radio founded in Chicago