Industry News Europe – February 2017
Seica to set up a new competence center in Karlsruhe, Germany
With this new competence and sales center, Seica now offers its German customers, and prospective customers, a generously equipped new technology center, covering 375 square meters. There are several working areas, a training center and showrooms, featuring the latest Seica in-circuit testers, flying probe testers and selective laser soldering systems. Establishing this competence center strengthens Seica’s customer activities in Germany. The new facility offers easy and quick access to training courses, customer support, customer presentations and application meetings. Marc Schmuck, sales director for Seica Germany is enthusiastic about the recent investments: “We will be in a much better position to fulfil our obligations to customers and prospective customers regarding a sales and application branch office right on their doorstep. Short access routes, faster repair response times and comprehensive training opportunities for all systems – this is how Seica strengthens its promised sales activities, which we have started with several new sales partners earlier this year.”
New representative for Rehm Thermal Systems
Exmore becomes new official distributor in the Benelux Exmore is taking care of Rehm products in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg as of 1st January 2017. With Exmore, our customers in the Benelux have immediately a direct contact person in all matters relating to sales, service or spare parts management of the complete product portfolio of Rehm. “To establish innovative products on the market, Rehm expands continuously the international sales structure. Through cooperation with Exmore we are strengthening our worldwide network and can offer our customers more directly on-site technology support”, stressed Michael Hanke, Director of Sales at Rehm. The company Exmore was founded in Beerse, Belgium and looks back on nearly 25 years of experience. “The Exmore Group is a fixture on the Benelux market, with sales and service of equipment for the production of high-quality electronics and even worldwide for connection technology for many years.
GOEPEL electronic initiates transition to the next generation
At the turn of the year 2017, GOEPEL electronic changed its management. Manfred Schneider, co-founder of the company, long-standing managing director and head of the “Automotive Test Solutions” department, handed over the office to his son Jörg on 1 January 2017. This is the first step in the transfer of the family business to the next generation. Along with CEO Holger Göpel and managing director Thomas Wenzel, Jörg Schneider will be steering the company’s fortunes. In the past financial year 2016, GOEPEL electronic celebrated its 25th anniversary, which was crowned by a new sales record of more than 35 million euros (ca. $37 Mio).
A pioneer of the printed circuit board has passed
On January 1, 2017, Werner Peters, founder of Lackwerke Peters GmbH & Co. KG passed away at the high age of 85.
As early as in 1956, Werner Peters developed, together with the two other pioneers of the printed circuit board Fritz Stahl of Ruwel and Hermann Seul of Isola, Germany’s first printed circuit boards manufactured in serial production, thus heralding the beginning of the PCB industry in Europe.
Many of his product novelties, such as the first non-bleeding solder resist or the newly invented peelable solder resists, were considered to be significant milestones in electronic production, not only in Europe but also in the rising “tiger states” of that time in Asia, i.e. South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
By taking over the Niederrheinische Lackfabrik in Krefeld in the year 1970 and its orienting towards special lacquers for electronics, Werner Peters started his success story as an entrepreneur. Later on, in 1984, after years of steady expansion and international growth, the company moved to a larger and newly built location in Kempen.
Ever since, Werner Peters and his innovative medium size family- owned company have been committed to the City of Kempen for their unique site of production.
Besides his volunteer work in managing boards, technical committees and the board of directors of the industry associations VDI/VDE and VdL or ZVEI in particular, he was involved in promoting young talents and local cultural events.
Since the year 2000 Lackwerke Peters has cooperated with the Luise-von-Duisberg high school on a partnership basis where educational projects are complemented by operational practice.
Moreover, Werner Peters started to support Kempen’s highclass cultural programme in the1990s, being one of the co-founders of the promotional society for culture and business.