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RS Finalises EAO Distribution Agreement

Market-leading HMI technology in switches and keypads now available across Europe and Asia-Pacific through RS

香港, 14 April 2011 :

RS Components today announced that it has signed a new strategic distribution agreement with EAO Group. Under the new agreement, RS will support sales of EAO human machine interface and electromechanical components throughout Europe and the APAC region.

EAO is a leading manufacturer of high-quality HMI products including switches and keypads. RS is supporting the distribution agreement with the introduction of 212 new EAO electromechanical products. All EAO products are being supported by RS through a brand microsite in the Electronics Centre on, which brings together product, market and application guides as well as data for the full range of EAO components. Full EAO range and application details can be accessed at

Commenting on the distribution deal, Fred Knowles, Head of Product Management – Electronics for RS Components said, “Design engineers are increasingly looking to RS to provide a complete BOM and design support. EAO is a key manufacturer with a market-leading human-to-machine technology offer. By adding key new products to our portfolio we will be able to supply our customers with more choice and support.”

“EAO is delighted to be formalising our relationship with RS throughout Europe and APAC,” continued, Susan Jacques, Managing Director at EAO. “RS is respected by engineers globally and has unrivalled customer reach with proven online technical resources, which is enabling us to bring advanced HMI components to a far wider audience than previously possible.”


EAO is a global manufacturer of high-quality Human Machine Interface products and solutions from switches and keypads to complete custom built control panels. Founded in 1947, EAO has established a global reputation for being an expert partner for Human Machine Interfaces across a range of target industries including: Transportation, Machinery, Telecommunication, Process Control, Lifting and moving, and Automotive.

EAO’s products have been developed by world-class industrial specialists and tested to international standards. They are synonymous with EAO’s reputation for creativity, innovation and excellence. EAO’s nine specialised Sales and Customer Service Centres around the world and a network of trained specialist agents and representatives in more than 50 countries bring experience, skill and dedication to customer projects.


RS Components is the world’s largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products serving 1.5 million customers worldwide. Through operations in 27 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group distributes 500,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair, shipping around 40,000 orders on the same day they are received.

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2010 had revenues of £972.6 million. For more information, please visit the website at

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