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RS Components Connects with Samtec in Distribution Agreement

January 28, 2013

OXFORD, England, January 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Companies align to deliver innovative interconnect solutions supported by first-class
design tools and resources

RS Components [http://uk.rs-online.com/web ] (RS), the trading brand of
Electrocomponents plc [http://www.electrocomponents.com ] (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading
high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has signed an EMEA and
APAC-wide distribution agreement with Samtec [http://www.samtec.com ], an industry-leading
manufacturer of connectors [http://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/connectors ] and associated

Within the scope of the agreement, RS is authorised to resell Samtec’s broad line of
interconnect products, which comprises three main categories covering signal integrity
(high speed), micro pitch, and rugged/power, designed for use in a wide range of
board-to-board, cable-to-board, panel and I/O applications.

More than 1250 products are available in the manufacturer’s industry-standard
packaging, in addition to RS pack quantities, giving greater purchasing flexibility to
customers requiring parts for pre-production prototyping. All parts will be available from
stock for same day despatch.

As part of its online support programme for design engineers, RS will be adding
Samtec’s connector range to its extensive library of more than 30,000 3D CAD models
[http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=3D-CAD ], available to download
free-of-charge in multiple file formats from the RS website. These models are ready to
import directly into all of the most popular CAD software packages, enabling faster
product integration for the designer.

“Samtec is a recognised leader in the interconnect industry and has award-winning
service capabilities to back up its strong product offering,” said Kevin McCormack, Global
Head of Interconnect, Passives and Electromechanical, RS Components. “Our common goal to
support engineers with free, open source information and tools to accelerate their designs
means that customers will gain significant advantage from this cooperation.”

Alan McLean, European Director, Samtec, added, “We are aligned with RS in our
objective to provide engineers with access to comprehensive technical information to ease
the design process. The growing popularity of the free online tools and resources that RS
offers is evidence of their value to the engineering community and we are especially
pleased to be working with RS to incorporate our 3D CAD models on to their website.”

For more information, or to place an order please visit Samtec at RS Components
[http://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/?searchTerm=Samtec&searchType=Brand ].

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. With
operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 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 electronics,
automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial
year ended 31 March 2012 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

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

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        RS Components on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

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