Separate parties were held for the Eastern, Western, and Central regions. The party for the Eastern region was held at the Cardinal Club in North Carolina. For the Central region, a party was held at the River Walk in San Antonio, and the party for the Western region was held at Wente Vineyards in California.
Juki hosted the Christmas celebrations to reward their employees and representatives for a record year of sales of Juki pick and-place and selective solder machines. This is the biggest year on record for Juki America's, and the FX3 has been a big part of the success. Sales of surface mount placement systems grew almost 40 percent this year, complemented by 20 percent growth in the selective solder product line.
Bob Black, President and CEO, commented, �All of us at Juki would like to thank our customers for making this outstanding result possible. While other firms in our industry are struggling, Juki has continued to build on the strong growth of last year with these record numbers. I also want to thank our great team of people, whose hard work and dedication to our customers has made this all possible.�
Juki Corporation's experience as the market leader in industrial sewing machines was the stepping-stone for the entry into the printed circuit board assembly market in 1987. Since then, Juki has delivered more than 20,000 automated assembly systems worldwide and is currently shipping an average of 200 assembly machines per month. This extraordinary achievement makes Juki one of the world's leading providers of automated assembly products and systems. In addition to its core technologies, Juki's Electronic Assembly and Test Systems Division develops and manufactures advanced electronic systems and computer software for data entry, mail processing and other electronic equipment.
With the purchase of Zevatech's assets in November 1999, Juki Automation Systems now brings Juki's reputation for top quality and reliable service also to the North and South American and the European electronics assembly markets. Juki recognizes the challenges of the new century and is prepared to respond to the globalization of electronic manufacturing. With a sophisticated knowledge base, advanced technologies and a high commitment to its customers, Juki is poised for continued growth in the 21st century.