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About Us

As children, we grew up with big ideas and active imaginations that led us to think we could do anything we wanted. We were inspired by the world around us and driven by a belief that anything was possible. As the leading global distributor of industrial and electronics products, we work with our customers’ of today to turn dreams into reality and support the engineers of tomorrow.

Our business was established to inspire and support the engineering community and ‘For the inspired’ is the essence of what we believe in. It’s a celebration of the people in our industry: their achievements, their moments of ambition and their inspiration to make things happen.

For the inspired

When Ben Ryan started his journey to develop a new 3D printed arm for his son Sol, little did he realise that his innovation had the potential to change the lives of children worldwide.

Discover the stories we’ve shared so far which bring ‘for the inspired’ to life. This is just the beginning, though; join us for this incredible journey.

Digital & Technology

In 2016, Richard Browning had a vision. He wanted to build a viable anti-gravity jet-engine suit and inspire solo human flight. Throughout 2016 he designed, built, redesigned and rebuilt his prototype flight suit – Daedalus – testing, developing and reiterating for a year before getting to the working model you see today. His strength, perseverance and ambition to change the world are enthralling and RS is excited to be part of Richard’s incredible journey, providing RS Pro tools, components and expertise to support extraordinary engineering in action.

Innovation is at the heart of what we do at RS, and we work hard to continuously improve the services and products we offer our customers. By making sure we’re at the forefront of new technologies and leading the way with innovative solutions, we support our customers and inspire them to achieve the impossible and change our world.


As times have changed so has RS, and we’ve embraced new technologies as they’ve emerged. Today, Technology and communications' products are a core part of our portfolio and we stay head of the game by introducing new products and innovations as soon as they enter the market, such as the Raspberry Pi.

Portrait of an Inventor

We are proud sponsors of Team HYPED who are helping to bring Hyperloop to life and potentially transform the way we travel forever.

On track to be the next great transformation in mass transportation, Hyperloop’s concept is simple: a network of on-demand, electrodynamically levitated pods travelling in evacuated tubes at 95% of the speed of sound. To put this into perspective, if implemented at full-scale worldwide, people could travel from London to Edinburgh in as little as 35 minutes and from Los Angeles to San Diego in less than 13 minutes.

Our History

From our humble beginnings operating out of a lock-up garage in London in 1937 to the global company we are today, we’ve been on an incredible journey, but the best is still to come.

In 1937, J H Waring and P M Sebestyen established a company called Radiospares Limited, supplying radio repair shops with spare parts. The business began selling electronics components in 1954 and rebranded as RS Components in 1971.


In that time, we’ve become the number one high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products across Europe and Asia Pacific. Sourced from 2,500 suppliers, our broad product range includes electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

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Company Details

Headquarters

2 Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG

Revenue

£1bn to £5bn

Employees

5,001 to 10,000