RS Components, Australasia's leading distributor of electrical, electronic, health and safety, and mechanical products been awarded a three year contract worth $24.9 million to supply products to Thales, a leading international electronics and systems group serving the Defence, Aerospace, Security and Services markets worldwide.
Thales selected RS for a minimum of three years after a lengthy tender process involving two potential suppliers. RS 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 also judged to have the ability to provide any catalogue product 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.
The unrivalled choice of products, with an extra 130,000 extended range products recently made available, and the added benefits of an online e-procurement system contributed Thales choose 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.
The Thales Group Component Purchasing Manager, says: “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.”
RS Global Account Manager, Paul Umpleby, says: “We are delighted to be awarded this contract with Thales. 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. As a global company ourselves, we share Thales’ strategic vision for growth in the years ahead.”