RS Components attains fully franchised global distributor status from Fairchild Semiconductor

Agreement provides customers globally with greater product choice and enhanced purchasing experience

March 20, 2014

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has secured a franchised distribution deal with Fairchild Semiconductor, a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile semiconductor solutions. The terms of the agreement license RS to represent Fairchild as a fully franchised distribution partner across all geographic markets worldwide.

An authorised distribution agreement between the two companies has been in operation for some time, and RS maintains a well-stocked inventory of about 2,000 Fairchild products ready for same-day despatch to anywhere in the world. Among these are a wide selection of discrete semiconductors and integrated circuits for power management, standard logic, interface, and LED lighting applications. This agreement provides RS with the flexibility to further extend its Fairchild range, ensuring that customers have access to the latest cutting-edge products from the semiconductor vendor as soon as they are launched.

“A stable supply chain that allows engineers ready-access to the latest Fairchild solutions is part of our overall strategy,” said Colin Craig – Senior Director, European Sales, Application & Operations – Fairchild Semiconductor. “As such, Fairchild recognises RS as a reliable partner, capable of providing engineers a trusted source for their semiconductor needs. Fairchild customers also benefit from the added support RS provides, including free, easy-to-use design resources and tools on DesignSpark.com.”

Jon Boxall, Global Head of Semiconductors, RS Components, said, “We receive constant feedback from engineers using our online design community that lack of time is the biggest challenge in the race to bring products to market. By developing closer relationships with top semiconductor suppliers like Fairchild, we are making it easier for customers everywhere to get hold of the components they need quickly, with immediate access to our free, time-saving tools and our vast library of parts, including 3D models.”

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