Industry News: Europe
Combined Partnertec B.V./ASM names new Sales Manager
Recently Partnertec B.V. joined with ASM, the market leading SMT solutions company and Industry 4.0 innovator. To further strengthen the Partnertec team, they are pleased to announce the appointment of Edwin de Blauw as Sales Manager. In addition to a great network, huge sales success and many years’ experience, Edwin is a perfect fit for the philosophy of Partnertec; Technology and Customer Partnerships being the key focus which has made this business the leader in the region.
Maurits van der Laken, MD said, ’Edwin is a great addition to our team, he is very well known and greatly respected by the whole market in the Benelux, he would be a real asset to any company and we are very pleased he chose to join the Partnertec team’.
Partnertec B.V. is the leading provider in the Benelux of equipment and process solutions for Surface Mount Technology. Representing global market leading brands including: Screen-printers, pick and place, soldering equipment, inspection equipment, coating and cleaning equipment, plus the full range of consumables.
Intertronics opens new technology centre
With manufacturing relying increasingly on high performance adhesives and protective materials, Intertronics is welcoming visitors to its rebuilt Technology Centre at the company’s Kidlington, Oxfordshire head office. Over the years, the Centre has hosted hundreds of customers to discuss their specific assembly and bonding needs – or simply to explore new possibilities. The rebuilt Centre – three times the size of the former facility – is custom-designed for demonstrations and trials of materials, dispensing technologies (including robots), curing devices and other equipment. Hands-on knowledge transfer is aided by the fully-equipped lab and meeting area with AV and presentation facilities. Small-scale seminars can also be accommodated.
Yamaha Motor IM Europe announces its agent agreement
Yamaha Motor IM Europe and Stepan announce their partnership to best serve their Austrian customers by offering Yamaha state of the art Pick and Place models and solutions. Yamaha will profit of the strong established Austrian company Stepan GmbH to provide the full range of Yamaha’s machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying current needs of manufacturers. Mr. Stefan Kessler, General Manager of Stepan GmbH is enthiusiastic of this agreement and the upcoming positive development to increase Yamaha’s marketshare in the region. “Yamaha and Stepan are embracing this collaboration and look forward to gain further market opportunities and respond to the demand of the customers in Austria. Thanks to Stepan’s in depth experience in the industry, Yamaha’s high quality, reliable and very flexible machines and the very effective provided services will be available in the area.” commented Mr. Ichiro Arimoto, General Manager of Yamaha Motor IM Europe.
New Sales Director for Europe/Germany at SMT
Florian Graf takes over the position of the Sales Director Europe/Germany at SMT, the specialist for thermal processes located in Wertheim. The owner-managed company with about 120 employees is so to an even more intensive care of their customers. Since 2015 Florian Graf works as Senior Manager responsible for the European area and is well known at many customers and representatives. From now on his field of responsibility is expanded with the Germany sales area.
Speedprint moves to direct support in Germany
Global stencil printing specialist Speedprint Technology is investing in new infrastructure, resources and personnel in Germany. From June 1, 2016, the company will deliver direct sales and support to its customers in the country, and across other German-speaking regions. Speedprint is co-locating with its sister business unit, pick & place platform specialist Europlacer GmbH, in its new premises at Glauburg near Frankfurt. The move to direct customer sales and support across German territories is part of a planned expansion programme, which also features the restructuring of Europlacer’s operation in Italy. David Kammerer, General Manager of Europlacer GmbH, will take responsibility for heading a new team of sales, applications support and service staff dedicated to the Speedprint Technology product range and mandated to provide screen printing process expertise to the region. “Sharing the available resources of our new Germany HQ makes complete sense for Speedprint,” says Kammerer. “As placement professionals, our in-house process expertise already extends upstream and downstream from pick & place applications, so adding specialist new talent in the screen printing discipline increases the value to customers in Germany and nearby regions.” Speedprint’s new infrastructure includes dedicated product demonstration and training facilities at the company’s Glauberg HQ. The premises will also act as a local spares hub. In addition, the Speedprint team will deliver product and process training programmes.
Electrolube’s FPC gains UL94V-0 approval
Electrolube recently formulated and launched a brand new Conformal Coating product, (FPC). This material was specially developed to resolve a number of longstanding problems relating to coverage and connectivity experienced by a specific user of surface modifier materials. The product has been received particularly well and has now just been awarded UL94V-0 approval, further advancing the proposition. The potential processing benefits from Surface Modifier Coatings compared to conventional Conformal Coating arise from the combination of required coating thickness (2μm) and very low film strength (abrasion resistance). Users of surface modifier coatings can completely coat a PCB and connectors without masking as when the male and female contact surfaces are joined, the abrasion forces during insertion should cleanly remove the coating material allowing electrical contact. During development, Electrolube focussed on some key product characteristics that were not only deemed desirable, but essential. The brief was to address the customer’s longstanding issues and develop a non-flammable, ultra-thin coating with an extremely quick touch dry time (1-5 minutes at 20oC), incorporate a UV trace for ease of visibility and overall facilitate a simple coating procedure. Following development, FPC was subjected to a stringent testing regime, (including salt mist, humidity and mixed corrosive gas testing) and passed with flying colours. Extensive connectivity testing was also undertaken to address the connectivity issues and noticeable improvements were recorded. Overall, the new FPC coating resulted in a significant cost saving for the customer. The recent UL940V-0 approval has improved the product yet further.