We are Europlacer

Surface Mount Intelligence

Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturer

In 1970 we started developing Europlacer machines for surface mount component assembly and manufacturing.

The surface mount products we make have evolved and our ability to respond has increased but what hasn’t changed is our ability to listen, our commitment to innovation or the integrity in how we conduct our business.

Europlacer has been celebrated for its design excellence, engineering innovation and best-in-class surface mount assembly technology for decades.

Numerous prestigious industry awards have become part of the company’s history, serving as a testament to our ability to evolve and develop high-mix productivity tools. We value such recognition from our industry peers very highly indeed.

Today, we continue with the renowned policy of continuous product compatibility that made Europlacer different, and now makes us famous.

Every new product or accessory we bring to market works with what came before it, and with everything that comes after it. Certainly, it’s an intelligent approach that saves our customers substantial time, money and energy.

In conclusion, as a global leader, we build that intelligence into every product, service and business relationship – hence our ‘Surface Mount Intelligence’ tag line.

Thanks to our rich history, strong product range and commitment to integrity, we are excited by Europlacer’s future prospects under the stewardship of Parable Trust.


Group History

Europlacer was developing equipment for electronics assembly as far back as the 1970s. Initially, the company was known as Numergo, and then Eurosoft Robotique. In the 1980s, it was the first to devise the intelligent feeder concept, and developed a platform that embraced it. Importantly, that concept is still used today at Europlacer, and has since been imitated but never equalled by almost every competitive pick & place company.

Blakell Systems Ltd was established in 1970 as a general engineering company by the late Pat Kellard. The business manufactured products from traffic lights to fork lift trucks and engine block washing systems before entering the electronics market. Its first product was a light-guided system for semi-automated hand assembly of boards with through-hole components.

Blakell Systems acquired Ambotech in 1987. Ambotech designed and manufactured the ‘Robin’ range of fully automatic radial and coaxial placement machines for through-hole assembly. The combination of semi-auto and fully auto insertion technology provided the motivation to expand into the newly emerging Surface Mount Technology sector.

In 1991, Blakell acquired French company Europlacer Industries SAS and became the Blakell Europlacer Group.

The Europlacer product team initially developed the 928 platform, which incorporated the now-obsolete ‘moving table and substrate’ mechanism. This is still used by some competitive pick & place companies today. However, the expert Europlacer engineers quickly realised that moving table technology could not meet the greater accuracy and performance demands driven by increasing SMT miniaturisation.

They set about developing a robust X-Y gantry architecture combined with rotary turret technology for its new-generation surface mount placement platforms. It’s a dynamic precision-engineered approach that has underpinned the company’s range of products ever since.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, continuing platform developments resulted in flexible placement systems ideally suited to the high-mix electronics assembly requirements from most OEMs and contract manufacturers.

To sum up, Europlacer products offer a compelling return on investment irrespective of production volume – a fact that has driven significant business growth and secured market share worldwide.

The Europlacer Group comprised three distinct business units Speedprint Technology, Europlacer, and Europlacer Distribution. In 2021 these businesses were merged under the single brand Europlacer.

Europlacer provides total line solutions for the pick and place, surface mount technology industry.

Europlacer designs, manufactures and sells advanced capital equipment products globally, backed by ground-breaking support solutions for electronics manufacturers and multi-award-winning customer service.

We are a provider of pick & place equipment that automatically places surface mount electronic components onto printed circuit boards and other substrates. We also provide screen printing equipment used in the surface mount assembly processes of electronic circuit boards and other substrates.

In addition, Europlacer also manages direct distribution initiatives worldwide from the UK, France, Germany, Italy to the US. In these territories it augments its own leading technology brands with a carefully selected range of associated equipment used in the electronics circuit board manufacturing process.

Distributed products include Automatic Optical Inspection, X-ray inspection, SMT reflow, PCB support tooling and handling systems. The distribution arm also establishes customer service, support and logistics infrastructure in each geographic region.

Europlacer have received numerous prestigious industry awards for innovation, best-in-class technologies and customer service excellence over the years. These serve to highlight the company’s commitments to continuous improvement, global infrastructure and outstanding support.

Europlacer has a strong installed base across the globe, with notable expansion in North America, Central Europe, Russia, India, China and many other emerging markets.

In 2013, Europlacer was acquired by Parable Trust, a not-for-profit company whose mandate is to develop and multiply talent in the marketplace by distributing funding.

Parable Trust is a faith-based organisation that abides by Christian moral and ethical principles. The Trust’s corporate governance focuses on fostering innovation and excellence with unwavering integrity.

For instance, it deploys profits from its revenues as reinvestment capital in its core companies as well as providing philanthropic funds to support poverty relief endeavours and Christian missions across the third-world, and in Europe and the USA.

“Vision, Mission and Values”

When Parable Trust acquired Europlacer from the Kellard family on 26 February 2013, we agreed to respect, maintain, and build upon the original vision given by God to Pat & Jenny Kellard. In our previous progress report, we shared an article written by Pat Kellard entitled ‘I will give you the treasures of darkness – Vision, Calling, Preparation, Foundation and Building’. Interestingly, this article was published in 1988, three years before Blakell acquired Europlacer in 1991 and 10 years before Speedprint was acquired in 1998. From this original vision we have developed a mission for our business, which is as follows:

“To be the leading independent company in the global SMT industry, providing innovative solutions that help transform and grow the business of our customers. To achieve this, we employ the best people who work collaboratively and maintain high standards.”

This mission statement reinforces the principle that customers are at the centre of our business, and that it is our people who make the difference by giving our best in terms of innovation, creativity and service. Going back to the Parable of the Talents, which we shared with you all at our first meetings, it is about being bold and courageous multiplying the gifts, talents and skills that we have been given and not holding back and burying our talents.

This mission has to be much more than just words: it is about a call to action, and we encourage each of you to discuss, challenge and understand the real meaning of this statement. To deliver this mission, we also need to be clear about our Values; this is all about how we conduct ourselves and the way that we go about doing business with our customers, suppliers and one another. The leadership team has agreed that our Values can be summarised as follows:






TRUST – The importance of Trust is at the centre of all of our relationships (hence these words are depicted in bold letters which run vertically down through our Values). We have a strong base of loyal customers because they trust us. When things go wrong, we acknowledge our errors and put matters right. Trust can take years to establish, but can be destroyed very quickly.

Integrity – Trust is supported by demonstrating integrity. We are honest in our dealings with our customers and one another. We do not make promises that we cannot fulfil.

Generosity – Giving the best of ourselves in helping our customers and one another. We think of others before ourselves and seek not to be selfish. We give our time and are prepared to go the extra ‘mile’ (kilometre) to ensure we deliver the best to our customers and one another. Through the value created in our business, we are able to give to the poor and needy.

Multiplication – Seeking growth in our customers and in their businesses and in our people. This can come from innovation, creating new solutions, in terms of both products and services. We want to see our people grow and to disciple the next generation to take over the stewardship of the business. We want to see our customers grow and be fruitful.

Respect – Showing respect to our customers and one another. We need to listen carefully to each other and be prepared to consider different cultures internationally, different ways of doing business, and different approaches. We build trust through respect and responding in the right way.

Faith – Respecting each other and personal faith and beliefs. Whilst our business has been established and built upon the Christian faith, we do not wish to impose our beliefs on anyone. Conversely, we will be open to express our faith and expect mutual respect accordingly. We encourage people to be passionate about their work, to aspire to develop and to grow with our customers and in our business.

Meet the Teams

Executive Management Team

Julian Boardman

Group Finance Director

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Francois Erceau

Group Strategic Direction and Marketing Officer

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Stephane Huet

Group Operations Officer

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John Perrotta

Group Sales and Services Officer

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Wider Management Team

Alain-Michel Ceretti

Directeur Commercial

Andy Jones

Commercial Marketing Manager

Chris Holt

Non-Executive Director

Chris Whitfield

Operations and Technical Business Development Manager

Christophe Rolland

Group Financial Controller

Fanny Lee

Manager – APAC

Kirby Zang

General Manager State Business Sector – Asia

Mark Brawley

President Europlacer Technology

Mark Vatik

Group Customer Support Manager

Michael Xing

General Manager Private Business Sector – Asia

Michel Ramser

Non-Executive Director

Mickael Gueraud

Group Quality and EPI Production Manager

Nicolas Pogu

Directeur R&D

Robert Conway

Non-Executive Chairman

Tracey Shotliff

Finance and HR Manager

Victor Lorenzo



Work for us …

Here at Europlacer we are always growing, be the first to find our about our latest employment opportunities here.

Surface Mount Jobs at Europlacer

Current Vacancies


Job Description

Mechanical Design Engineer

We are seeking to employ an experienced Mechanical Design Engineer to join our manufacturing operation in Poole, Dorset.

Working as part of a growing design team producing market leading capital equipment for the Global SMT Industry, We have started a phase of rapid development of new products, these are all challenging and ambitious projects which requires someone with drive and focus.

This position for the right person offers freedom of design and a great deal of input to the final product. We are looking for
someone who can bring a fresh modern design mentality to product development and work well within a team.

If you’re looking for new challenges and have the skills below, we want to meet you.

Skills and Experience

  • Design /Engineering
  • Experience in Mechanical Design, Electrical knowledge would be an advantage.
  • 3D CAD Modelling
  • 3D CAD Stress Analysis
  • Electrical CAD would be an advantage.
  • Software Skills required: Autodesk Inventor & Microsoft Word & Excel.
  • Ability to manage your own workload and work to deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience of working within a manufacturing company or similar is preferable.


  • Designing and modelling to meet customer’s requirement’s & technical specifications.
  • Selection and application of materials and manufacturing processes appropriate for design
  • Producing Precision Manufacturing Drawings.
  • Producing and checking production build documentation.
  • Ensuring successful implementation of new design

This is a full time position.

Working Hours = 37
08.30 – 17.00 Mon to Thursday
08.30 – 16.30 Friday
Company contributory scheme
Extra holiday scheme.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: £28,000.00-£35,000.00 per year

Please send your CV and a covering letter to:


Qui a dit que la Covid freinait les recrutements ?

Chez Europlacer notre souhait de continuer à intégrer de nouveaux collaborateurs reste intact. Des mesures en interne ont été mises en place comme le télétravail et l’adaptation de nos postes de travail afin de protéger nos équipes, leurs familles.

Pour nos candidats, nos outils de travail nous permettent de faire face à cette situation inédite et donc de poursuivre nos recrutements.
Alors à vos CV et prenez soin de vous et de vos proches !
Ci-dessous nos offre en cours

Stagiaire en Stratégie d’entreprise

Etudiant avec une forte culture affaires et stratégie, les produits de haute technologie, à forte valeur ajoutée vous attirent ainsi que l’environnement international et le secteur électronique ? Bienvenue chez nous !

Europlacer, groupe d’environ 180 personnes, présent à l’international sur les métiers de l’électronique dont la direction stratégique et marketing est basée en France à Rocheservière (85), recherche un stagiaire pour aider à l’élaboration du plan stratégique. Sous la supervision du directeur Marketing et Stratégie vous aurez pour mission d’analyser et de documenter notre marché : périmètre du marché cible, tendances marché, analyse de la concurrence, analyse des forces et faiblesses, scénarii possibles pour l’avenir, etc.
Notre activité étant à fort caractère technique, une véritable appétence pour l’industrie est nécessaire.

Votre intégration
Rattaché au directeur stratégique et marketing, le stage peut se réaliser sur site à Rocheservière ou en télétravail avec des visites régulières sur site
Votre langue native peut être le Français mais aussi l’anglais, langue courante pratiquée dans l’entreprise. La durée prévue du stage est idéalement de 4 à 6 mois à compter de mars ou avril 2021.

Votre profil
De formation Bac+4/Bac+5 de type école de commerce, marketing, administration des entreprises avec un intérêt affirmé pour l’industrie, ou bien ingénieur avec une appétence forte pour les affaires et l’analyse stratégique.

Vos atouts :
– Un goût affirmé pour la stratégie et des projets dans ce domaine
– Une maitrise de l’anglais (niveau B2 ou mieux) voire langue maternelle.
– Votre dynamisme
– Votre capacité à analyser dans le détail puis à redonner une vision globale
– Votre capacité à argumenter
– Un esprit curieux
– Débrouillard pour trouver de l’information
– A l’aise avec les outils informatique
– Une excellente expression écrite et orale.

Processus de recrutement :
Après la présélection des candidatures, vous serez reçu en entretien par le Directeur Stratégique et Marketing et la RRH.

Vous vous reconnaissez ? Merci de transmettre votre candidature à RH@europlacer.fr

A discuter en fonction de l’école et de l’année de scolarité.

Our Jobs


Surface Mount Job Design

Mechanical design engineer
Interface Software Engineer
Embedded Electronics Engineer
Hardware Electronics Engineer
R & D Test Engineer
R & D Testing Technician
Technical Writer


Wiring for Surface Mount

Electric wirer
Mechanical assembler
Micromechanical assembler
Machine controller adjuster
Accessories controller adjuster

Prepare and Assist Production

prepare surface mount production

Methods and industrialization technician
Quality technician
Warehouseman, shipping

Sell and Promote

Sales Marketing in Surface Mount

Sales Engineer
Technical Sales
Product Manager
Administration Assistant
Marketing Technician

Install, Trouble Shoot, Train

Training on Surface Mount

On the field service engineer
Sedentary service engineer
Sales administrative assistant
Trainer, Demonstrator

Quality Management

ISO 9001:2015 is currently the most important international standard for quality management (QM). It determines the requirements to increase overall performance and to continually scrutinise and improve processes in place.

Quality management systems help install trust in products, services and the performance ability of a company and as a consequence increase customer satisfaction.

NQA Certificate Europlacer Industries
ISO9001 - Surface Mount