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COVID-19: RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation Commit to Supporting the Distribution Sector

  • RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation, the trademarks of Electrocomponents, a global multi-channel supplier of industrial and electronic products and solutions, are committed, as shipping channels become increasingly stretched due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support distributors worldwide by making their supply chain available to help them move orders.

Electrocomponents’ COVID-19 action plan details how the Group is addressing the needs of customers, suppliers, employees and communities while implementing business continuity plans. For example, RS worked quickly with its supplier partner ebm-papst to meet an urgent need for components for UK-based Kbiosystems to manufacture new machinery for vaccine development and testing.

Lindsley Ruth, CEO of Electrocomponents said the company’s emergency support plan is now being extended to the entire distribution sector, so that companies can continue to ensure the delivery of their products and essential supplies during this crisis.

The group has created an e-mail address ( to reach its advisors directly. They are ready and awaiting requests to identify solutions to ensure deliveries to all locations accessible through Electrocomponents’ worldwide distribution network.

The level of demand for such a service is currently difficult to predict, so each request will be managed on a case-by-case basis. This support will be offered for as long as necessary. The IT systems and organizational processes necessary to carry out these transactions are already in place. Human resources will be deployed, accordingly and as required, in the company’s distribution centres.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, RS and Allied have been able to maintain a high level of inventory and consistency of supply. With their business continuity plans in place, their twelve distribution centres around the world are now open and operational.