SMT Industry News Europe – June 2016

■ Simon Rowe

Simon Rowe joins Spirit Circuits to drive Resale PCB Sales 

SCL PCB Solutions Group announced that Simon Rowe has joined Spirit Circuits as Business Development Manager VAR Sales. In a highly competitive and price sensitive market, customers of Spirit Circuits can rely on the company’s unique sales proposition for highly competitive terms and prices for the supply of their PCB requirements. Through a combination of an established office in China and a £4.1m funding package which includes invoice finance, trade finance and foreign exchange facilities, Spirit Circuits is able to pass on preferential rates, purchasing & shipping terms to its UK and European customers. To drive growth, support customers and increase sales of Spirit Circuits’ traded product portfolio, Simon Rowe now joins the company as Business Development Manager VAR Sales. Simon brings nearly 30 years of sales experience and an in-depth understanding of customer requirements gained during his successful career in the electronics manufacturing industry.

TT Electronics to create centre of excellence in England 

Bedlington facility receives investment to support anticipated growth TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, has announced its intention to create a centre of excellence at its Bedlington facility in the North East of England. The location will provide a world class centre for engineering, manufacturing and operational excellence to support the Company’s anticipated growth plans, working in partnership with our customers to deliver smarter solutions together. The Bedlington facility is home to the design and production of TT Electronics’ high reliability microelectronic hybrid circuits and specialist current sensing, circuit protection and signal conditioning product lines. The facility is AS9100 certified – the quality standard recognised by the global aerospace market.

Thermaltronics appoints Weidinger GmbH for Germany 

Thermaltronics have recently announced a partnership with Weidinger GmbH, in which Weidinger will stock and support Thermaltronics products for the German market. Thermaltronics soldering systems, which incorporate the unique Curie Point technology, have been developed to provide more cost-effective solutions in hand soldering and are compatible with Metcal® MX, MFR & SP systems. Thermaltronics manufactures their products in an ISO 9000/14000 factory and carry the highest levels of safety certification, including TuV Sud & GS, the higher German standard. 

■ Tony Wood

Growth leads to new jobs at Europlacer 

The best-ever trading year for Blakell Europlacer worldwide has already led to tangible benefits for the business and its customers. The company is recruiting new staff in all its key territories across the globe. Hot on the heels of the appointment of a new Director of Business Development in the US, the company’s UK operation welcomes two new people to its customer support and sales teams. Tony Wood joins the organisation to support the sales of Speedprint, Europlacer and Distribution products across the north of the UK, while Andy Lee takes on a new post in service support focussed on the Aleader product range country-wide. Coincidentally, both Wood and Lee have backgrounds in AOI. Tony Wood has previously worked for Cyberoptics and Altus, and Andy Lee operated AOI systems in his former production engineering role. “The focus on AOI is a happy accident,” says Europlacer’s Business Development & UK Sales Manager, Andy Jones. “However, we most certainly will be capitalising on that expertise as Tony and Andy advance their new roles, with direct links to our distribution business.” Europlacer and Speedprint are both recognised as premium brands for their respective placement and screen printing products. But the company’s distribution arm, Blakell Europlacer Distribution, is less well known for its partner product ranges and full line electronics assembly solutions. 

■ Andy Lee 

Altus has the Scope for component counting improvement 

Altus Group has added American company, Scienscope to its list of pre-eminent suppliers. Scienscope component counters communicate with data management providing complete inventory control. This guarantees manufacturer will save time, money by reducing labour and avoiding problems like ‘line down’ scenarios due to lack of a component. Joe Booth, Altus Sales Manager said “Whether you are working in a contract manufacturing or original manufacturing organisation you will encounter problems in component and stock management. The causes may be different, however, the difficulty caused by error and inefficiency are the same. Because of this, companies everywhere are trying to create a more efficient and traceable component management process to avoid financial and time burdens.


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