ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 5, 2016 — Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics, today announced that Doug Welter, former Vice President and General Manager at Phillips Semiconductor (now NXP N.V.), has assumed responsibilities in the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer at Optomec.
Welter brings over 30 years of experience managing high technology manufacturing operations and business P&Ls around the world. He spent more than 25 years in the semiconductor industry with companies including Phillips and Motorola. At Phillips’ Standard IC Division Welter served as Vice President and General Manager and had P&L responsibility for operations in California, Arizona, the Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, and Taiwan. By refocusing on customer support, manufacturing excellence and cost, Welter helped the IC Division return to strong profitability and improved market share.
At Motorola, Welter was the General Manager of the Automatic Test Equipment Group with P&L responsibility for its internal and external semiconductor test equipment business. Prior to that, Welter was the Director of Operations and General Manager of Motorola’s advanced wafer manufacturing operation in South Queensferry, Scotland. This operation became Motorola’s European BiCMOS center of excellence. More recently, Welter has held executive positions with several earlier-stage renewable energy and solid-state lighting companies. He holds a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and did graduate work at Arizona State University.
"With Additive Manufacturing as the new frontier in manufacturing, Optomec's advanced technology and market acceptance really has us positioned for success," said Welter. "I am excited to be part of the team."
“Doug’s extensive operations experience in capital-intensive, high value-chain industries will be an invaluable asset to Optomec as we grow our business,” said Dave Ramahi, Optomec President and CEO. "His proven leadership in achieving unprecedented levels of operational performance and customer satisfaction in both large and small companies is strategic to our growth. I am delighted to welcome Doug to the Optomec team.”
Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit optomec.com.
Optomec is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc.
LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia National Labs.
Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc.
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