RS Components has signed a global distribution agreement with FCI Electronics. Within the terms of the deal, RS will represent FCI as an authorised channel partner, providing customers worldwide with access to the most comprehensive range RS-FCIof components from the FCI Electronics Division product line.

The formal appointment of RS as an FCI Electronics approved worldwide distribution partner follows a period of strategic cooperation between the two companies during which RS contributed substantially to the sales growth of the FCI connector range. In recognition of this success, RS received the FCI Electronics award for ‘Outstanding Performance in High Service Level Distribution in Europe’ for consecutive years in 2010 and 2011.

Since the two companies began their collaboration, RS has more than trebled its FCI inventory and now stocks over 1,600 parts, covering the established core ranges, which include the Basics+ range of standard connectors for board-to-board and wire/cable-to-board applications. RS’ stocked range also features new introductions from FCI such as high-density D-sub connectors, and the Minitek horizontal surface-mount headers in the 2.00mm pitch board-to-board and wire-to-board product portfolio.

Michael Clarner, Distribution Key Account Manager EMEA, FCI, commented, “This agreement formalises our successful partnership with RS and lays the foundation for a further rise in our product sales across the globe. With its excellent track record in service quality, and its ongoing initiatives to enhance the customers’ find and buy experience, RS is the ideal distribution partner to help steer our company’s growth to the highest levels within the industry.”

“This deal underpins our relationship with FCI, and creates a solid base from which to boost our FCI offering,” said Chris Page, Global Offer Director, RS. “Customer choice is at the core of our business strategy, and by working in partnership with top suppliers like FCI we can ensure the best possible selection of products available on the market from a single source.”

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