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November 2019 – GD Rectifiers celebrates 55 years of electronic component distribution in the UK

Published on: 26/11/2019

This month marks special milestone for GD Rectifiers, the engineering–led West Sussex based manufacturer and specialist distributor of power electronic components, as it celebrates 55 years of electronic component sales

Electronic Component Distribution. GD Rectifiers' Factory in Burgess Hill.

55 Years of Electronic Component Distribution

GD Rectifiers was founded in 1964 as Semikron Rectifiers & Electronics Ltd, as part of HCD Research Ltd, and was associated with Semikron in Germany, selling their products.

Today, the company represents a truly global supplier base of twenty-six manufacturers from around the world, having strong partnerships with market leaders, including: IXYS, Westcode, Semikron, Littelfuse, Dynex, Bussmann, API Capacitors, Enerdoor, Mersen, KONČAR and Sirio.

GD Rectifiers boasts a niche product offering with specialisation in rail, medical, aerospace, automotive, industrial and electronics markets. They have extensive experience in the rail industry and operate a full ISO9001 quality system, follow BSI standards and have a RISQ accreditation.

GD Rectifiers has achieved the position of being one of the most dominant independent distributors of power electronic components in the UK over the last 20 years. Leading the way in specialist component distribution, GD Rectifiers provides a winning mix of extensive knowledge and expertise in engineering, the capability to source high quality components, the flexibility to take advantage of new technologies and markets, and the ability to provide customer specific modifications using the latest 2D modelling.


Milestone’s in GD Rectifiers evolution include:

1994 – GD Rectifiers transformed in to an all-encompassing distributor, becoming an authorised stockist for IXYS, IXYS Colorado, IXYS Power and Westcode, alongside Semikron

1998 – GD Rectifiers changed ownership with current Managing Director, Paul Bentley acquiring the company. Following his appointment, the company become official distributors for: Sirio, Telcon, Mersen, Bussmann, API Capacitors, Ocram, EDI and UAL

2002 – GD Rectifiers launched a power assembly manufacturing facility, offering a wide range of single phase, three phase and hexaphase assemblies

2007 – GD Rectifiers launched a heatsink manufacturing facility offering an extensive range of aluminium heatsinks including: forced air cooled, water cooled, oil cooled and custom designed heatsinks

2015 – GD Rectifiers built and started operating from a new modern, state-of-the-art factory and office in Burgess Hill

2017 – GD Rectifiers became an official distributor for Enerdoor and KONČAR.

2018 – GD Rectifiers were finalists in The Electronics Industry Awards for – ‘Best Customer Service’

2019 – GD Rectifiers were shortlisted as nominees in The Electronics Industry Awards for – ‘Best Customer Care’, ‘Distributor of the Year’, ‘Excellence in Innovation’ and ‘Academic Support’. Paul Bentley was also nominated as ‘Industry Personality of the Year’.


Today, GD Rectifiers supports the global power electronics marketplace, providing: thermal management solutions for a wide range of industrial applications including: Railway Traction, HVDC, LED Lighting, Renewables, Aviation, Medical, Military, Laser, Welding and Automotive. 

Our aim is to make it easier for engineers, buyers and purchasing specialists to find the products they need with our technical advice and support at the touch of a button.

We offer a wide range of services to help make our customers’ buying experience as seamless as possible. We ensure our focus is on the things that matter most to our customers, which is why we offer over 170,000 components in stock at any one time, provide call-off orders with scheduled deliveries, dedicated account management and we offer the best possible prices to our customers. We know sourcing electronic components can be time-consuming and stressful which is why we offer procurement solutions, securing customers with the right products, at the right price to give them time to spend doing other things.


We work closely on the needs of their business, creating convenient solutions for their desired performance, budget and application requirements. We aim to provide a fast and convenient shopping experience, which is why we create tailored solutions for our customers, encompassing added value, huge savings and our technical expertise. We work hard to source customers the best price, lead time and availability in record time because we know time to market matters.


At GD Rectifiers, we offer added value by taking a completely tailored approach to the production and distribution process. With 55 years’ experience in the power electronics industry, we manufacture a wide range of power assemblies, heatsinks, capacitors, high voltage diodes and selenium rectifiers. We’re able to work with your technical drawings or help you on the design process if required.

We also distribute a wide range of semiconductor components and associated parts from some of the world’s leading manufacturers, including: IXYS, Westcode, Semikron, Mersen, Eaton Bussmann, EDI, API Capacitors, Enerdoor and Telcon. We also welcome the chance to quote products that aren’t already in our portfolio because we’re confident with our knowledge and expertise that we could source alternatives for you and still save you money.


For further information on GD Rectifiers’ product range, please contact our sales team on: 01444 243 452 or email:

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