Richardson Electronics, Ltd.

September 27, 2005 09:59 ET

Thales Components Corp. and Richardson Electronics, Ltd. Sign Distribution Agreement for The Americas

LAFOX, Ill.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 27, 2005) -

Thales Components Corporation and Richardson Electronics, Ltd. have signed a distribution contract for power grid tubes used in professional television and industrial applications in the Americas.

Thales Components Corp. (Totowa, New Jersey) and Richardson Electronics Ltd. (La Fox, Illinois) announced today the signature of a distribution contract covering the Americas (North, Central and South America).

According to this contract, Thales Components Corp. assigns to Richardson Electronics, Ltd. exclusive distribution rights for its range of power grid tubes for TV transmitter maintenance, along with non-exclusive distribution rights for the complete range of power grid tubes used in industrial applications. The contract does not cover IOTs (inductive output tubes) for TV applications.

"Richardson is an outstanding partner that will help Thales grow our sales, while providing long-term support to all television and industrial RF spare markets in the Americas," said Steve Shpock, CEO of Thales Components Corp. "In all of these markets, our customers will continue to enjoy top-flight service."

Murray Kennedy, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Richardson Electronics Electron Devices Group, noted: "The Thales power grid tube products are well known and highly respected in the TV and industrial markets. This agreement will allow us to expand our product offering to our customers in the Americas. Additionally, because of our strong US and Latin American sales coverage, I firmly believe that clients will enjoy the sourcing and the service fitting with replacement market requirements."

About Thales Components Corp.

Thales Components Corporation, Totowa, NJ, is the representative office of Thales in the US, in charge of marketing electronics components and devices for professional applications in America. These products lines are developed and manufactured by Thales Electron Devices in France and Germany. Thales ED, a subsidiary of Thales, is the world market leader for professional applications including radiology, telecoms, space, defense, scientific, industrial and broadcast. Thales is an international electronics and systems group serving defense, aerospace, security and services markets. The group employs 60,000 people throughout the world and generated revenues of 10.3 billion Euros in 2004.

About Richardson Electronics, Ltd.

Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (Nasdaq:RELL) is a global provider of "Engineered Solutions," serving the RF and Wireless Communications, Industrial Power conversion, Security and Display Systems Markets. The Company delivers engineered solutions for its customers' needs through product manufacturing, systems integration, prototype design and manufacture, testing and logistics. Press announcements and other information about Richardson are available online at

Contact Information

  • Richardson Electronics, Ltd., LaFox
    John Donarski, 630-208-2672