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RS Components marks official opening of extended distribution centre

Bad Hersfeld site now operates with advanced technology and offers massively expanded capacity

London, UK, 9 November 2021:

RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions, today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the company’s distribution centre (DC) at Bad Hersfeld, Germany.

RS has made a significant investment over the past two years to create one of the company’s largest distribution centres in its global supply chain network, fully automated and equipped with state-of-the-art technology. At the official opening event, customers and suppliers were invited to see the highly automated stock processing capability and warehouse management system now installed at the site.

Environmental considerations have been a priority in this expansion project, and the facility is equipped with a 6000 m² solar powered system and a green (grass seeded) roof. Furthermore, the number of products held in closer proximity to customers in Continental Europe has almost tripled to circa 500,000. This will not only contribute to a substantial reduction in the company’s carbon footprint but will also ensure that service levels are of the highest standard, with delivery reliability to match EU and global demands.

The distribution centre is equipped with an extensive computerised, multi-shuttle system, and a conveyor system of two kilometres in length. The system is capable of managing 300,000 storage trays that can be stored and retrieved at a rate of 9,000 trays per hour.

Situated in the heart of Europe, this leading-edge facility has been expanded by approximately 16,000 m² to create a storage area of around 37,000 m². This allows additional space for a vastly increased product range and stock levels, benefitting suppliers and customers with improved service and delivery.

“While delivering major benefits across our supply chain both in EMEA and globally, the technological efficiencies and increased storage capacity we have created through this expansion are a true reflection of the organisation’s commitment to our ESG (environmental, social and governance) goal of advancing sustainability,” said Debbie Lentz, President of Global Supply Chain at Electrocomponents. “A BIG thank you goes to the project team and to all Bad Hersfeld employees for bringing this project to fruition, particularly when faced with the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.”


About RS Components

RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions for designers, builders and maintainers of industrial equipment and operations. We stock more than 650,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of product and service solutions to over 1.2 million industrial customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship c. 60,000 parcels a day.

We support customers across the product life cycle, whether via innovation and technical support at the design phase, improving time to market and productivity at the build phase, or reducing purchasing costs and optimising inventory in the maintenance phase. We offer our customers tailored product and service propositions that are essential for the successful operation of their businesses and help them save time and money.

Electrocomponents plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the year ended 31 March 2021 reported revenue of £2.0 billion. Electrocomponents plc has nine operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA, Synovos, Needlers and Liscombe.

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