If there was a buzz word in the PCB hall at productronica this year, it was probably Whelen, as in Whelen Engineering and Alex Stepinski, VP of Whelen’s circuit board division.
Numerous pieces of equipment bore “Sold to Whelen” signs, including a few machines in the AWP booth. I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Alex and the fellows at AWP, including VP Jochen Zeller, who focuses on wet processing and VP Henk Van der Meij, whose focus is automation.
Patty Goldman: Alex, let’s start with you telling me how AWP came to be working with Whelen Engineering.
Alex Stepinski: We selected AWP to do a turn-key project for us in Charlestown, New Hampshire.
Goldman: Henk, can you tell me a little bit more about AWP, and what you do, specifically?
Van der Meij: AWP is a German company, with our headquarters of engineering in Germany. We have the manufacturing side in Poland, where we manufacture all kinds of handling units, recycling units, and horizontal wet process machines. In addition to the factory in Poland, we also have a sales and service office in Suzhou, China, to cover the Asian market, and we work together with an agent network in North America for all our products.To read the full version of this article which appeared in the January 2018 issue of The PCB Magazine, click here.