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Universal Appoints Jeff Knight General Manager,  APL and Advanced Technology Assembly Services

Jul 21, 2016

Jeff Knight General Manager of the Advanced Process Lab (APL) and Advanced Technology Assembly Services (ATAS).

Jeff Knight General Manager of the Advanced Process Lab (APL) and Advanced Technology Assembly Services (ATAS).

Universal Instruments is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Knight as General Manager of the  Advanced Process Lab (APL) and Advanced Technology Assembly Services (ATAS). Knight will operate out of the  company’s corporate headquarters in Conklin, NY and will be responsible for generating new business  opportunities for Universal’s advanced technology groups at both the Conklin and Rochester, NY facilities while  also ensuring an exceptional level of support and success for the existing customer base.

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Knight has held leadership positions in engineering,  operations and business development for various facets of electronics assembly. These include: substrate  manufacturing, connector design and development, and PCB design, development and manufacturing. His  experience also includes roles in advanced semiconductor packaging, where he directed the design and  development of new products such as flex and laminate chip carriers.

Knight  began his  career  at IBM  in  a  variety  of  management  roles, eventually  transitioning  to Endicott  Interconnect Technologies and then to Actuant Corporation where he held the titles of Director of Operations,  General Manager of Semiconductor Packaging, and most recently, Vice President of Business Development and  New Product Development.

This new position provides the ideal platform to leverage all of the different technologies and business aspects  I’ve been involved with throughout my career,” said Knight. “Not only the diverse areas of focus, but also the  industry contacts I’ve cultivated and the colleagues and customers I’ve built lasting relationships with.” Knight  continued, “Universal’s APL has secured a stellar reputation for its pioneering research and development and  the ATAS projects currently include some very impressive leading‐edge products. I am very eager to share my  perspective and get to work with the team.

Universal Instruments Vice President of Customer Operations, Brad Bennett noted that Universal’s APL is a truly  unique asset in the greater electronics community, and required “a very special candidate” to enhance the  value that it brings to its customers. “We couldn’t be happier, bringing Jeff on board,” said Bennett. “With his  well‐rounded background and history of achievements, we’re confident that he’ll extend the reach of the APL  and continue to build on the high level of success it has enjoyed. Jeff will also be integral in growing our ATAS  business by establishing strategic partnerships aimed at the new product development of challenging next generation technologies for our customers.


Universal Instruments is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced automation and assembly  equipment solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. Universal Instruments delivers comprehensive  solutions to a global customer base by leveraging exclusive process expertise combined with its innovative  portfolio of flexible platforms for surface mount, insertion mount, advanced semiconductor packaging, and  end‐of‐line automation. Universal Instruments is headquartered in Conklin, N.Y., USA, with offices in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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