ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT) has completed its purchase of printing technology specialist DEK on 2 July 2014. This is ASMPT’s second significant acquisition in the electronics assembly industry, after having acquired the SIPLACE placement machine business in 2011. The company, which employs 14,400 people, had historically been well-known as the world’s leading supplier of back-end systems in the semiconductor and LED market. With the acquisition of DEK and SIPLACE, ASMPT has quickly expanded its name recognition and market position - as well as its development, production and distribution capacities - in Europe, North America and South America. The Printing Solutions Division (DEK) and the Placement Solutions Division (SIPLACE) will form the SMT Solutions Segment within the ASMPT group.
On 2 July 2014, ASMPT completed the acquisition of the entire DEK business from its previous owner, Dover Corporation. All of the printer specialist’s production, sales locations, management and staff are acquired in their entirety. Michael Brianda, former President of DEK, will spearhead the newly-established Printing Solutions Division. Günter Schindler of SIPLACE will lead the Placement Solutions Division and both divisions will fall within ASMPT’s SMT Solutions Segment, headed by CEO Günter Lauber.
DEK and SIPLACE - Best-in-class printing and placement solutions.
Both the DEK and SIPLACE teams will continue to develop best-in-class solutions with distinct engineering teams and deploy the advanced tools and technologies via each group’s established sales and service networks. With this structure, customers maintain freedom-of-choice and have the assurance that they can combine DEK and SIPLACE equipment with printing or placement solutions from other suppliers or leverage the power of a full-line solution that integrates best-in-class DEK and SIPLACE platforms.
Technology developers from both divisions will contribute their expertise in joint innovation projects. “The goal is to bring forth a new generation of SMT line solutions that deliver more efficiency and process reliability through more effective integration of the printing, inspection and placement processes,” said Günter Lauber, ASMPT SMT Solutions Segment CEO.
Driving long-term growth and innovation.
“Just as it did with the purchase of SIPLACE, ASMPT aims to add innovative strength and growth with its acquisition of DEK,” commented Lauber, who is confident the integration will be smooth and the result positive for the marketplace.” We will keep the successful DEK brand, thus enabling the DEK team to advance its sales, service and development activities with all its people, processes and organizational structures. This is something with which ASMPT has profound experience, as the company makes acquisition decisions with an informed, long-term perspective and carefully considers any changes regarding people and customers,”
“With SIPLACE and DEK,” continued Lauber, “our SMT Solutions Segment now has two well-known, innovative brands that have delivered best-in-class solutions for many years. Alongside ASMPT’s Back-End and Lead Frame Segments, the DEK and SIPLACE teams will form the SMT Solutions Segment to develop new customer solutions and markets in this segment. This effectively establishes ASMPT as the first manufacturer to offer solutions for every phase of electronics production from assembly to final assembly. Additionally, DEK Solar’s expertise in photovoltaic cell metallization and its presence in the solar industry extend the ASMPT reach into other important markets, opening possibilities for future collaboration and alternative energy technology innovation.”
The SMT Solutions Segment of ASMPT
With the integration of DEK Printing Machines Ltd. into ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT) in July 2014, ASM Assembly Systems now operates as the SMT Solutions Segment of ASMPT, consisting of the Printing Solutions Division (DEK) and the Placement Solutions Division (SIPLACE). The SMT Solutions Segment develops and distributes best-in-class DEK printers for the SMT, semiconductor and solar markets, as well as best-in-class SIPLACE SMT placement solutions. Both Divisions leverage the power of ASMPT’s development capabilities to deliver significant competitive advantages to customers. By sharing its knowledge and expertise, the SMT Solutions Segment of ASMPT provides the electronics manufacturing companies worldwide with more effective process integration technology and optimized workflows.
ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT) has been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1989. The ASMPT Group develops systems and solutions for semiconductor production and packaging, as well as surface mount technology applications. It consists of three business segments, the Back-End and the Lead Frame Segment as well as the SMT Solutions Segment. The Group has manufacturing and R&D facilities in China (including Hong Kong), Singapore, Malaysia, Holland, Germany and the UK.