ALLIED AND DESIGN NEWS REWARD GADGET FREAK DESIGNERS

$10,000 in Prizes for Reader-Submitted Ideas

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FORT WORTH, Texas, July 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allied Electronics, a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), announced today that, in conjunction with Design News, the award amounts for the Gadget Freak of the Year winners have been increased to $6,000 for the top winner, and $2,000 each for two runners up.

The Gadget Freak feature in Design News spotlights reader-created designs submitted to the magazine. Each gadget that is selected for publication competes for a monthly cash prize of $500, and those winners then go head-to-head in Gadget Freak of the Year. Last year's winner, Andrew Morris, designed a device that translates a stroke patient's groan into an audible signal to alert on-site aids that assistance is needed.

"We're pleased to increase the amount of the prizes, as we're confident that this will encourage even more inventors to submit potentially life-changing gadgets," said Gabriel Reichman, Allied's Customer Marketing Manager. "I'm always amazed by the high level of ingenuity and creativity these inventors demonstrate, and I'm looking forward to being even more impressed this year."

The Gadget Freak contest is an ongoing feature in Design News and is open to anyone.
 
About Allied Electronics

Allied Electronics is a small order, high service level distributor of industrial automation products, electronic components and electromechanical products with 48 sales offices serving the United States, Mexico, and Canada. With more than three million parts online and more than 110,000 products featured in the Allied Catalog, engineers and purchasers often look to Allied for a broad range of product solutions from over 300 world-class suppliers. Allied Electronics and RS Components are trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers headquartered in Oxford, England.
 
Visit us at www.thinkallied.com
 
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About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, headquartered in Oxford, England. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.
 
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.
 
For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

Elisa Weber

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