Lars Bartels, seasoned Manager with 20 years of experience in the SMT and inspection industry, joined JUKI last October. “We are happy to have Lars on board”, says Hiroaki Yamazaki, President of JUKI Automation Systems. Yamazaki continues: “JUKI Automation Systems based in Germany is the European Headquarters of the JUKI SMT business. Broad and deep knowledge of pan-European SMT market requirements, along with a sense for perfection is key for successfully driving our growth in this important market. With Lars Bartels we have the right person in the driver’s seat to continuously serve our customer base across Europe, together with his dedicated team.” Through his experience in several positions across the SMT production industry, Lars Bartels has gained broad knowledge of the entire SMT production process. Besides extensive experience from sales, marketing and product management positions for a German SMT production systems distributor, he also contributed to the success of multiple international producers of SPI, AOI and AXI systems over the past 15 years. In this international setting, his responsibilities comprised product- and project management, application and sales and marketing, and, in previous positions, he also gained experience in service and application for automated x-ray inspection systems.