When producing a run of PCBs, does it matter if I choose QFN or TQFP components? Say, I want to have 1000 boards manufactured with an Atmel AVR that is available in QFN or TQFP packages. The QFN package is of course smaller, but I have enough space on the board, so that is not an issue.
For prototypes, the TQFP is easier to handle because I could even hand-solder them, if a reflow oven and stencil is not available. But for automated production, this should't matter, or does it?
For instance: would a PCB manufacturer recommend to use QFN because they are easier to handle by the pick-and-place machines, resulting in a price cut?
The difference in component price appears to be small, too.