Industry News Americas

Henkel Adhesive Technologies’ new Electronics business leader

■ Benoit Pouliquen

■ Benoit Pouliquen

Benoit Pouliquen has been appointed as Corporate Senior Vice President and Global Head of the Electronics business of Henkel Adhesive Technologies. He is succeeding Alan Syzdek who retired last year. Pouliquen joined Henkel as part of its 2014 acquisition of thermal materials leader, The Bergquist Company (Bergquist), where he served on the Board of Directors for many years before being named CEO in 2011. He has been deeply involved with the successful integration of Bergquist into Henkel and the continuous expansion of thermal management solutions within the electronics business of Adhesive Technologies. Having spent his entire career in electronics, first at Johnson Matthey then as CEO of flex circuit manufacturer, Sheldahl, before joining Bergquist, Pouliquen brings exceptional credentials and unique perspective to his role at Henkel. “Benoit has proven his leadership skills at Bergquist, ultimately positioning the company as an attractive organization for acquisition,” comments Jan-Dirk Auris, Executive Vice President. “He has been an influential driver of the fast and successful integration of Bergquist into Henkel and we are confident that our Electronics business will grow further under his global leadership.”

Sono-Tek Corporation appointments new director

■ Bennett Bruntil

■ Bennett Bruntil

Sono-Tek Corporation is pleased to announce that Bennett Bruntil, Regional Sales Manager and Marketing Brand Manager for Sono-Tek since 2007, was promoted to strategic business unit director of the Electronics & Advanced Energy (E&AE) Division, effective March 2016. In his new role, Bruntil will oversee the sales, marketing and new product development efforts worldwide in applications for the E&AE strategic business unit. The E&AE division services customers with ultrasonic coating equipment used in the manufacturing of semiconductors (photolithography), printed circuit boards, fuel cells, solar cells, advanced batteries and nanotechnology applications involving electrically conductive layers. As strategic business unit director, Bruntil will manage the spray fluxing product line, including a recently introduced fluxing system used in the solder brazing industry – SonoBraze – as well as directing future product developments for coating systems used in the electronics industry. Steve Harshbarger, Sono-Tek’s President, commented, “Bennett was an obvious choice for the position of E&AE director. He has a strong technical background in ultrasonic coating equipment with a proven track record to expand sales through aggressive marketing, strategic relationship building and expansion of distribution channels. He will take a leading role in our planned new product introductions in 2016 and 2017.”

■ Tim Hults

■ Tim Hults

Indium Corporation names Global Accounts Manager

Indium Corporation announces the promotion of Tim Hults to Global Accounts Manager. Hults works closely with other members of the Indium Corporation team to coordinate global resources that enhance relationships. He also develops and executes strategies that nurture existing accounts and encourage the growth of new business. Hults joined Indium Corporation in 2014 as Technical Support Engineer for Global Accounts. His electronics industry experience includes providing technical support and training to electronics manufacturers. Hults earned his bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is a certified SMTA process engineer.

AIM – Soldadura de Mexico receives C-TPAT certification

AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce that its Juarez, Mexico facility has been awarded the C-TPAT certification. With the C-TPAT certification, AIM – Soldadura de Mexico’s shipments will experience fewer and faster Customs examinations, allowing for quicker delivery times. Launched in 2001, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Certification is a joint government business partnership formed to help supply chains increase border security. In today’s JIT supply chain industry, a delay in lead times can result in a loss of money and customers. The C-TPAT certification gives companies secure, quality lead times with the ability to move quickly across borders. The C-TPAT certification will give AIM the ability to move to the front of inspection lines at the border, as well as access to the Free and Secure Trade lanes at land borders. “AIM is pleased to have received the C-TPAT certification,” said AIM’s Executive Vice President, Assembly Materials Division, David Suraski. “In addition to good corporate citizenship, which is extremely important to us, this certification is another step in our continuing effort to provide our customers with unsurpassed service and products.”

ASYS Group moves American Headquarters

ASYS Group Americas Inc. recently moved, the American Headquarters, to a new state of the art facility. The new space will provide for improved customer service, an expanded warehouse, as well as new amenities for employees and room for growth. The move from Suite B1 to Suite D at the current address in Suwanee, GA, USA allowed to establish a fully equipped demo room, where most standard process tools are setup for customer demos. While the equipment selection might change, currently all three printers SERIO 4000, SERIO 5000 and the X5 prof are set up, the D5100 inline router and the D2100 offline router as well as the INSIGNUM 2000 and INSIGNUM 4000 laser markers. “Our new facility was necessary as we have outgrown the previous space over the past years. The much larger state-of-the-art facility will help us continue to grow and evolve to keep pace with our client’s needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service along the way,” said President, Markus Wilkens. ASYS Group is a provider of high quality manufacturing equipment for the Electronic, Hybrid and Photovoltaic industries.

Valtronic strengthens, expands sales department in US

Valtronic Technologies USA, Inc. announces the addition of Charles Connell as Sales Engineer – East Coast, and Jennifer Aldridge as Sales Engineer – West Coast. The East Coast role is a new position for the company, and brings the total number of sales people in the US/Canada territory to four. In these positions, Chuck and Jennifer are responsible ultimately expanding the Valtronic customer base by partnering with device companies (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to provide innovative solutions to deliver to the market. With opportunity to sell contract manufacturing services, both sales engineers will also be focusing heavily on growing the design and development engineering services that Valtronic offers both regionally and globally. Both positions report to Chris Cassan, National Sales Manager. Chuck is a graduate of Plymouth State College – New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Economics. Previously, he was employed with Arrow Electronics in Boston as Director of Engineering, Newark as Area Sales Director, and Altera as Senior Field Sales Engineer. Chuck will be based in Wakefield, MA and will service New England. Jennifer is a graduate of San Diego State University – Californian with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Business. Previously, she was employed with Carve Engraving in Escondido, CA as President, Luscombe Engineering as Senior Field Sales Engineer, Volex Interconnect Inc. as Regional Account Manager, and English Technical Sales as Territory Manager. Jennifer will be based in Escondido, CA and will service the West Coast. President and CEO Jon Jay Wimer said, “We are pleased to have expanded our sales department with two experienced team members, and we look forward to providing even stronger and more consistent service to customers on the East and West coasts of the United States.”

Lenze Ameri cas deploys Digitaltest’s MTS 30

Digitaltest, Inc., Concord, CA and Lenze Americas, Uxbridge, MA announce that they have completed a project to provide enhanced automated test capabilities for their motion controller product lines. Digitaltest’s MTS 30, combinational ICT and Functional systems have been deployed across Lenze Americas manufacturing plant to provide complete and automated test of their motion controller products. The MTS 30 systems provide real-time diagnostics, functional test, board calibration and board programming. Khalil Azar Test Engineering Manager, Lenze Americas said: “We are committed to a business model built on quality, agility and flexibility. Adding Digitaltest’s MTS 30 systems to our test floor was a necessity to accommodate increased volumes and quality our customers require.” He added, “The MTS 30 gives us the ability to provide real-time diagnostics, functional test, board calibration, ICT and board programming to all of our customers. When combined with the test tools and open architecture software that the MTS 30 system provides, we are easily able to deliver our customers with the high quality they demand.” Paul Groome, Americas VP, Digitaltest, Inc., commented: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Lenze Americas, providing them with the test solutions needed for their customers requiring automated, high quality combinational board test. With Digitaltest’s fast test processing tools, our comprehensive test techniques and support capabilities, Lenze Americas can now offer these enhanced test capabilities to their customers.”


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