reichelt enters UK online market for automation and electronics
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Posted to News on 22nd Mar 2016, 21:51

reichelt enters UK online market for automation and electronics

reichelt elektronik GmbH & Co KG is coming to the UK. A leading retailer for automation, industrial and consumer electronics, and computer accessories in mainland Europe, reichelt is bringing its German flair for efficiency and discipline to British customers. Deliberately ignoring the high street, the company will target its products at the business and consumer markets through its new English eCommerce site and delivery service alone - see

reichelt enters UK online market for automation and electronics

Aiming to emulate the British success of prominent German retail companies Lidl and Aldi, reichelt first launched in Germany in 1969 and became a market leader as a result of its competitive pricing and high stock availability; reichelt says that many products can be purchased through its e-store 20 per cent cheaper than elsewhere in the UK, and CEO Ulf Timmermann believes it is this that puts it in a strong position compared to competitors Maplin, Mouser, RS and CPC-Farnell (Ulf Timmermann is on the left in the photograph, with Friedel Grunwald and Hermann Herzog).

Timmermann says: "I fell in love with reichelt as a nine-year-old boy when my parents bought me my first soldering iron from the company's catalogue. I have no doubt the people of the UK will do the same; ours is a personality-driven company, one that always delivers on its promises. It is a privilege to head-up reichelt as it enters a new stage of existence; we cannot wait to make tidal waves in the British retail sector."

With more than 220 employees at its German logistics centre in Sande (Friesland), the company currently generates annual revenues of around EUR125m per annum. As a result of strong sales and its expansion into new regions, including Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland, the company is also expanding its warehouse facilities to respond to the increasing demand.

Timmermann continues: "reichelt is a company that appeals to a broad spectrum of audiences. We supply business customers in the electronics and engineering sectors, from laboratories to workshops, education and IT, but we also meet the needs of the consumer audience. There is a growing 'makers movement' in the UK and we are able to serve their needs, as well as businesses, at prices lower than in Maplin, for instance, but at a higher quality than they might find when importing from other international suppliers."

Take a look at the extensive product range at

reichelt elektronik GmbH & Co. KG

Elektronikring 1

+44 (0)20 3808 9525

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