This partnership with RS is part of a recent initiative by Philips Lumileds to restructure its distribution channels, steered by the LED vendor's strategic objective to grow its customer base globally through expansion into new markets.
In its 16 distribution centres located around the world RS has the capacity to stock the full breadth of the Philips Lumileds range, and is thus equipped to provide luminaire designers with immediate access to a comprehensive portfolio of application-specific LED solutions. Products can be sourced and purchased quickly online via the RS website and despatched on the same day.
"This agreement with RS means that we are able to serve the needs of our growing customer base and continue our widespread expansion into new target markets," said Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, CEO Philips Lumileds. "With its worldwide presence and excellent online ordering and design support capabilities, RS is a valuable asset to our global network of distribution partners."
"Our strategy at RS is focused heavily on reducing design times for engineers by supporting them with free online design resources, and by providing fast, easy access to a vast selection of products direct from stock," said Jonathan Boxall, Global Head of Semiconductors at RS Components. "We are delighted to be partnering with Philips Lumileds, a move that will provide luminaire designers worldwide with a significant competitive advantage by combining leading-edge LED products with a time- and cost-efficient sourcing and purchasing experience."