Out of Place

Our recent online poll asked readers who they thought was the largest placement manufacturer in terms of units sold. The top response — Fuji, with 32.5% of the vote — is a good guess, but wrong.

As it turns out, Yamaha, which garnered 15% of the vote, is actually the world’s leading manufacturer of pick-and-place machines, having sold about 2,400 last year, followed by Juki at about 2,200. Both companies are racking up sales in China.

Panasonic (second in our poll) is tops in revenue, and they are reportedly battling it out with Yamaha in China as the former wants to wrestle away the units mantle as well. At the high end, Siemens has also done very well in China, with more than 2,500 units installed overall. And Sony has reportedly sold more than 1,000 machines to Foxconn alone, as the latter wants to pick up the Japanese consumer electronics titan’s outsourcing business.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (pcea.net). He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow