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Chris Round Appointed as Global Marketing Manager for Europlacer and Speedprint

Feb 28, 2012

Chris Round, Europlacer and Speedprint’s new Global Marketing Manager

Chris Round, Europlacer and Speedprint’s new Global Marketing Manager

Europlacer and Speedprint Technology jointly announce the addition of a new member to the companies’ marketing teams effective February 20, 2012 - Chris Round, Global Marketing Manager.

In his new role, Round is responsible for developing strategies to increase awareness globally for the Europlacer and Speedprint brands. His experience developing comprehensive marketing plans, communication strategies, Internet marketing, SEO/SEM, e-mail marketing and Web site development will support the companies’ overall business plans.

Customers are the most important facet of every business. I will be listening intently to our customers and working succinctly within our organization and industry to support their SMT needs. I am very excited to be joining an award-winning team of highly skilled professionals which produce machinery with a clear vision for the customers’ objectives and bottom line,” commented Round.

Chris is a senior marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the marketing process.  He joins Blakell Europlacer from QC Industries, LLC, where he worked as Marketing Manager/Distributor Manager for the past 17 years.  Round holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Bowling Green State University.

We are delighted to have Chris join us to drive the strengthening of our brand recognition and to increase awareness of our continuing product success globally,” commented Derek Gaston, Blakell Europlacer Group Managing Director.

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Europlacer has been developing machines for SMT electronics assembly since the 1970s and invented the intelligent feeder concept in the 1980s. After acquisition by Blakell Europlacer in 1991, the company moved away from split-axis to the inherently more capable X-Y architecture that underpins the company’s pick-and-place machines today. Europlacer’s policy has been to ensure wherever possible that technology purchased many years ago, especially feeders, remain compatible with the latest pick-and-place equipment. Europlacer designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of highly flexible SMT pick-and-place systems for the global electronics industry. For more information, visit Europlacer’s Web site at

Speedprint Technology became a division of the Blakell Europlacer Group of companies in September 1998. Following the acquisition and re-establishment of Speedprint, the group formed a new engineering team, many of which had years of experience with locally based printer manufacturers including DEK and SMTech, to develop and enhance the company’s portfolio of products. In keeping with the ethos of the Blakell Group’s desire to offer flexible and innovative solutions to the market, Speedprint is committed to delivering affordable leading edge stencil printing technology. The realization of this ambition is clearly illustrated by the company’s flagship avi range of fully automatic inline printers. Today, Speedprint operates from a hi-tech facility based in Poole, in southern United Kingdom. For more information ,visit Speedprint’s Web site at

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