UK-based RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, has announced plans to expand its operations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This comes after the group stated that its DesignSpark online engineering community has grown to more than 750,000 members.
DesignSpark was launched in 2010 to provide design engineers and students around the globe with free tools, resources and content to help them to remove barriers, save time and turn their ideas into reality.
“Since day one, the aim of RS has been to give something back to the electronics industry through DesignSpark by providing free professional tools and resources for engineers around the world,” said Mike Bray, Vice President of DesignSpark.
“We are proud to see the sustained rapid growth of DesignSpark and are committed to further enhancing our platform for the growing user base,” he added.
During the nine years since it launched, RS has continued to improve the functionality and range of resources available through the DesignSpark ecosystem. This has resulted in a large increase in new members, with more than 35% of DesignSpark’s current membership having joined over the past two years.
Last year, RS Components launched its Africa website www.RSonline.Africa which is geared to meet the requirements of a growing continent with demand from various industries such as manufacturing, mining, automotive, utilities, electronics and industrial internet of things (IoT).
With the new website, customers will receive their products much quicker, delivery costs are cheaper and customers can easily pay online via credit card. This opens the door for more markets in Sub-Saharan Africa to easily access products through the dedicated e-commerce platform.
RS Components is a market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 32 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.