Electrocomponents Plc engages in the distribution of electronics, electrical, industrial and commercial supplies and services to engineers. It operates through the following geographical segments: the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. The United Kingdom segment comprises operations in the UK and exports to distributors where the Group does not have a local operating company. The Continental Europe segment refers to operations in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The North America segment comprises the operations in the United States of America and Canada. The Asia Pacific segment represents the operations in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, People's Republic of China, South Korea, Chile and South Africa. The company was founded by J. H. Waring and P. M. Sebestyen in 1937 and is headquartered in Oxford, the United Kingdom.