Europlacer Receives 2017 Frost & Sullivan Award

Europlacer is delighted to announce that it received Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 Global Flexible SMT Pick and Place Company of the Year Award. This in addition to the awards received in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Read the full Frost & Sullivan Review here

Europlacer Award Review (PDF)

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, collaborates with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, Frost & Sullivan has developed growth strategies for the global 1,000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community.

As part of the decision process, Frost & Sullivan evaluates equipment suppliers in the Flexible SMT market and rates a series of key performance indicators.

There is then a benchmarking procedure which takes into account ‘Visionary Innovation and Performance’ and ‘Customer Impact’ factors. There are 5 criteria that considered within each of these factors.

A decision scorecard rates each supplier score ranging from 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent).

Europlacer’s score versus two closest competitors

Europlacer scored an impressive 9.2 average rating across the 2 factors, while the nearest competition from within the SMT Flexible market rated 8.5 and 7.8.

‘Forward thinking / customer focus’

Europlacer is part of the Blakell Europlacer Group that has manufactured assembly equipment for the electronics’ industry since the early 1970’s with a wealth of experience gained from through hole assembly in the early days but with the advent of SMT technology, became a global supplier of Pick and Place machines

and Stencil Printers in the early 1990’s. This experience has been the bedrock upon which more recent success has been built, including the world’s first integrated label placement dispenser on Europlacer’s range of stencil printers, full traceability and component testing on its innovative ‘iineo+’ machines which has been accepted as a standard within the aerospace and defence markets and full integration with Europlacer’s Automatic Component Retrieval systems—all of the above help pave the way to Industry 4.0 which is becoming more prevalent within the Global SMT market.

Europlacer is known for its flexibility and its product range caters to customers with low/medium/high volume manufacturing, high technology product ranges, and high mix environments.

“For more than four decades, Europlacer has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge and customer-centric solutions for the global electronics industry,” states Frost & Sullivan Global Research Manager, Aravind Seshagiri. “In fact, Frost & Sullivan has highlighted Europlacer multiple times in recent years for its quality, reliability, innovation, customer value, and overall industry leadership. Frost & Sullivan is convinced that Europlacer’s unrivalled industry knowledge and exceptionally rich experience has enabled it to design truly best-in-class solutions for the flexible SMT pick and place equipment market.”


Europlacer Business Development Manager Andy Jones comments “We are very proud of the business we have developed over the years which has seen consistent and strong growth year on year. This growth has been as a direct result of maintaining our loyal customer base and seeking new opportunities to customers with competitor’s equipment where we have grown our global market share in an ever more competitive market”

The Blakell Europlacer group has grown significantly in the past 5 years, with 2016 closing with a number of key milestones including:

  • Largest number of Europlacer machines ever shipped globally
  • Best-ever group sales revenue
  • Record 3rd party distribution figures
  • Best Speedprint stencil printer results in the USA

Andy Jones concludes “These results are clearly not an accident and have been preceded by huge efforts from our R&D, Sales and Customer Service teams as well as the ‘back-office’ members of our strong organisation. We are a forward thinking and extremely customer focused business, and these strengths will help us to secure our position and to grow further in the coming years”.