Partnership will leverage RS’ global infrastructure and world-class facilities to build customer base among tomorrow’s dominant automotive brands
RS Components, the leading distributor of electronic, electromechanical and industrial components, has announced an extension of its distribution agreement with FCI Connectors to introduce FCI’s family of automotive products through distribution for the first time. The agreement makes RS the only high service level distributor to have access to the FCI automotive range.
As a result, customers will have rapid access to FCI OE-quality connectors, with no minimum order quantity for prototyping, test programmes, replacement-parts supply and specialist markets such as industrial vehicles. The partnership will take advantage of the global RS infrastructure, with distribution centres throughout strategically important European, North American and Far Eastern territories including China.
The comprehensive connector range is produced by FCI’s Motorized Vehicles Division, and includes wire-to-wire connectors, flex interconnects, wire-to-PCB and wire-to-device connectors, power terminals, signal terminals, squib interconnects, high-reliability enclosures, pin headers and press-fit pins. RS Components will support customers with over 100 different product configurations optimised for use in areas such as engine compartment, power-train, body and chassis, cockpit and multimedia.
“Vehicle markets worldwide are changing quickly, and rising car ownership in fast-growing economies empower new channels to challenge established players,” said Ronald Velda, Sales Director EMEA Distribution for FCI. “A strong distribution channel is the key to maximising our support for tomorrow’s market leaders. RS Components, with its excellent track record and well-developed infrastructure serving important markets such as Europe, China and Far Eastern territories, where many new channels are emerging, is the perfect partner to work with us to achieve that goal.”
“This is an important extension of our long-standing distribution partnership supporting the wider FCI Connectors portfolio, and endorses our achievements in growing sales generally across diverse markets and applications,” said Valerie Ramon, Category Business Manager for Electromechanical and Connectors at RS. “We are pleased to be selected by FCI Connectors as their new and exclusive high service distribution partner for this range at an exciting time in automotive markets globally, and anticipate rapid and sustained sales growth supported by our world-class distribution facilities.”
The FCI connectors range from RS is available online at rswww.com/fci, where customers can browse, select and order, complete with technical information and product features to enable easy and accurate product selection.