Recent acquisition of PPE specialist and online range expansion provide unrivalled customer choice

RS Components (RS) has broadened its PPE offering with the addition of product ranges from Needlers, the food manufacturing PPE specialist acquired by Electrocomponents in December 2020. 

The launch will see new brands added to the RS website which include Needlers own brands Pro-Fit and Reldeen, as well as Pollyboot, Tilsatec and Metsa. In addition, the product launch will expand the offering from existing brands already available through RS, such as PAL International and Cromwell Polythene. This puts RS among the UK’s top PPE suppliers, offering solutions across a variety of sectors within safety and PPE.

 Liam Kettlewell, Senior Director – Product & Supplier Management from RS, commented: “Customers can expect to see new products and categories via a phased introduction to our website, further bolstering our extensive range. This, in addition to the expansion of our offering through the acquisition of industrial specialist PPE supplier John Liscombe Ltd, enables us to provide a full range offer and expertise across key safety and PPE sectors. The combined strength that RS, Needlers and Liscombe have in our respective markets positions us as a leading multi-industry specialist supplier of PPE products and value-added solutions.”

 The Needlers product launch will offer a selection of fast-moving ranges from the PPE, gloves, hygiene and footwear portfolios, which will strengthen support to RS customers across a wide variety of sectors.

 The acquisition of Needlers was part of Electrocomponents’ strategy to add high-quality, value-creating bolt-on acquisitions to the Group, under which RS operates and has significantly enhanced RS’s safety, hygiene and PPE offering. The Liscombe acquisition followed in February 2021, adding further industrial safety and PPE specialism to the offering and deepening RS’s range and expertise.

 Liam added: “We’re in a strong position to optimise our ambition to become first choice for our customers, suppliers and our people with this extensive offering in the PPE market at a time when provision of such products has never been so pertinent. Our range will evolve to ensure we are always bringing the latest products and innovations needed to navigate the challenges faced by our industrial customers.” 

 To view the new ranges of PPE products added to the RS website, visit