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RS Components announces DesignSpark website upgrade, offering more functionality for the engineering

RS Components announces DesignSpark website upgrade, offering more functionality for the engineering

Company News Monday, October 24, 2016: RS Components SA


RS Components announces DesignSpark website upgrade, offering more functionality for the engineering community

DesignSpark website gets a facelift and delivers improved usability for fast-growing community of electronics, mechanical and electrical engineers


Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 October, 2016 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced the upgrade of its popular DesignSpark community website, which is used by hundreds of thousands of engineers involved in developing electronics, mechanical and automation designs. The new version of the site, available at, features a fresh look and feel, as well as offering significant improvements to its functionality.


Based on feedback from the continuously growing DesignSpark community – now totalling more than 460,000 users – RS has improved the site’s functionality and now offers easier navigation, enabling users to find content more easily, as well as providing quicker purchasing options via their local RS website.


The new site also provides an easier process for engineers to upload content. For example, users can now create and view drafts of their work before publishing it online. The site’s news feature also allows manufacturers to post content on their latest products much more easily, meaning they can gauge interest in new developments at the earliest stage. In addition, complementing its expansive electronics design content, the site will also feature a wide range of technical articles related to the world of automation.


“The raison d’être for the DesignSpark programme is supporting innovation for every engineer,” said Glenn Jarrett, Vice President of DesignSpark at RS Components. “Delivering a rich resource of news, information and free-for-download design tools for electronics, mechanical and electrical design, the new updated DesignSpark website offers new features, an improved look and feel, and a higher level of usability that our valued DesignSpark community richly deserves. Existing members should enjoy the new experience and find the site even easier, quicker and more engaging to use, and we look forward to seeing the membership of this inspiring community grow even more.”





About RS Components


RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 26 countries whilst serving a further 100 through third-party distributors, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development. 


With over 500 000 products across 2500 leading brands, the company is committed to ensuring that their 1,5 million customers have fast access to a broad, as well as deep range, of products and technologies, all under one roof.


RS’s customers, whether ordering single or multiple items, experience a quick, easy, secure, painless and cost effective process.  The RS catalogue, available at, offers full colour pictures with extensive clear product specifications.  Free access to thousands of datasheets ensures the correct product choice.  Order placement is easily facilitated through, the call centre, e-mail, fax and trade counter.  Locally held stock is delivered to customers within 24 hours, and products held internationally, within four to six working days.  


It is proven that departments traditionally spend 80% of their time sourcing products that account for only 20% of their total procurement spend. RS is focussed on reducing the customers “total cost of product ownership” by reducing the need to make multiple calls to various companies to source products, reducing supplier related administration and allowing for the amalgamation as well as consolidation of supplier bases.  Through this process, procurement efficiency is improved and time is freed up to concentrate on the more important business decisions. 

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