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1 November, 2006 - 17:35 By Staff Reporter

Thales selects Northamptonshire firm as industrial products supplier in £10m deal

One of the world’s leading international electronics and systems groups, Thales, has chosen Northamptonshire-based RS Components to be its industrial products supplier in a €15 million (£10m), three-year long deal.One of the world’s leading international electronics and systems groups, Thales, has chosen Northamptonshire-based RS Components to be its industrial products supplier in a €15 million (£10m), three-year long deal.

Thales selected RS for a minimum of three years after a lengthy tender process involving two potential suppliers.

Thales is a hi-tech electronic and systems group serving defence, aerospace and security markets, a worldwide leader in prime contracting, systems integration and equipment manufacturing.

With more than 60,000 employees worldwide it generated revenues of $13bn (£6.9bn) in 2005.

Part of Electrocomponents plc, RS was founded in a North-West London lock-up garage, supplying spare parts to radio repair shops in 1937. It has grown to become recognised as Europe’s leading industrial supplier, supporting over a million engineers world wide.

The Corby-based firm was chosen to support several strategic purchasing objectives including reduced transactional costs, a reduction in the current vendor base, and an increased product offering.

RS was judged to have the ability to provide any of its catalogue products worldwide, and provide additional services that would support Thales’ competitiveness and with a view of market share. This meant that service levels and quality had to be extremely high, with an e-procurement service and extensive support for the upcoming RoHS Directive.

RS Global Account Manager, Paul Umpleby, said: “Thales has chosen RS because it can rely on us to supply any product from our extensive range anywhere in the world, while our e-procurement service saves time and cuts transaction costs, enabling a more efficient purchasing strategy.

“We are delighted to be awarded this contract with Thales. As a global company ourselves, we share Thales’ strategic vision for growth in the years ahead.”

The unrivalled choice of products, with an extra 100,000 extended range products recently made available, and the added benefits of an online e-procurement system also contributed to Thales’ decision to choose RS.

According to RS, feedback from Thales’ worldwide divisions also revealed RS to have the most reliable delivery service, while the dedicated RoHS program where RS compliant products are clearly labelled, provided another incentive.

One Thales purchasing manager was quoted as saying: “RS has proven itself to be the best in the field when it comes to services and reliability.

“Its range of products and e-procurement services will help us to achieve our own objectives of improved competitiveness and growth.”

Caption:

Industrial poetry in motion: An RS Components’ production facility gets into full swing on behalf of a valued client. RS was described by a Thales insider as the best around for service and reliability.

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