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DEK Expands Stencil Manufacturing Network

Mar 30, 2010

Building on its comprehensive global stencil manufacturing base, DEK has recently expanded the reach of its stencil operations by appointing Gauteng-based stencil specialist, Laser Stencil Technology (PTY) Ltd, as a new licensee. The Laser Stencil Technology manufacturing facility will serve the burgeoning South Africa region, which is home to many leading EMS and OEM firms.

The DEK stencil franchise and license philosophy ensures that manufacturing is strategically positioned to serve local customers with the most advanced stencil production equipment, quick turnaround capabilities, superior personalized service and technical expertise. Locally owned and operated, the appointment of Laser Stencil Technology makes popular DEK stencil technologies such as the patented VectorGuard® range even more accessible for customers in South Africa.

"Licensing our VectorGuard stencils to partners in various locations across the globe has effectively enabled us to expand our technology footprint, while allowing customers to manage their business locally," explains Global Franchise & Product Manager, Michael Zahn. "It really is a win-win: superior quality and technical expertise are all consistently delivered, since we ensure all license partners meet our exacting standards. As well as our market-leading technology, South African customers can now also enjoy the 'round the corner' mindset that comes with a local manufacturing relationship."

Under the terms of the new agreement, Laser Stencil Technology (PTY) Ltd is a licensee of the company's multi-award-winning VectorGuard™ stencil system, a frame and foil tensioning design that is now arguably recognized as the industry's superior stencil technology. VectorGuard's ease of use, improved print quality, high yield performance and reduced storage requirements are all advantages for customers and offerings exclusive to DEK VectorGuard licensees.

DEK's global stencil network also includes DEK-owned and franchise-operated manufacturing sites in Americas, Asia and Europe, providing multi-national customers with worldwide stencil engineering teams to facilitate technology transfer requirements in virtually any region globally. For complete information on the range of DEK stencil products offered and site-specific details, log onto

About DEK

DEK is a global provider of advanced materials deposition technologies and support solutions including printing equipment platforms, stencils, precision screens and mass imaging processes used across a wide range of applications in electronics pre-placement subassembly, semiconductor wafer manufacture, and alternative energy component production. For more information, visit DEK at

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