Industry Veteran Kurt Palmer Joins Burkle North America


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Helfried Weinzerl, president and CEO of Burkle North America, announced today that industry veteran Kurt Palmer has joined Burkle North America as vice president of Burkle’s North American Electronic Product Group. This group includes Burkle Lamination Systems, Schmoll Maschinen’s entire product range of printed circuit board drilling and routing systems, Schmoll’s revolutionary post-etch punch and new MDI digital imaging systems, and Impex’s precision measuring equipment.

Palmer joins Burkle from their North American sales partner, TCT Circuit Supply. TCT supplies a vast array of products to the PCB industry including its drill room and lamination offerings of which Burkle is a core partner. Ian Hemmings, president of TCT, said, “While Kurt will be missed, we are happy that he is joining a dynamic partner and his move will further strengthen the cooperation between TCT, Burkle, and Schmoll.”

Palmer has extensive leadership experience in the PCB industry, originally operating Tapco Circuit Supply in Chicago before joining forces with TCT Circuit Supply in 2015. He will replace Dave Howard, a long-time member of the Burkle North America family who will retire later this year after almost 50 years in the PCB industry.

About Burkle North America

Burkle North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of German-based Burkle GmbH, serving the North American region for more than 25 years. Bürkle is the leading manufacturer of productive manufacturing technologies serving the printed circuit board industry and a variety of other manufacturing industries including surfaces and woodworking technologies, glass and photovoltaic module lamination, and coating and plastic card fabrication.

About TCT Circuit Supply

TCT Circuit Supply is a wholly owned subsidiary of the TCT Group, a leading manufacturer of PCB cutting tools and equipment. In addition to a full line of cutting tools and re-sharpening services, TCT Circuit Supply is proud to offer a premier selection of materials and equipment to the North American PCB market including Taiwan Union Technology Corporation, Airtech International, and Burkle North America (Burkle, Schmoll, Impex). TCT celebrated 30 years of service to the global PCB Industry in 2018.

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