Hand Soldering World Championship and Rework Competition Challenges the Best of the Best

With a perfect score of 634 points, Ryosuke Matsunami, PWB Corporation, Japan, took first place, $1,000 USD and the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship title. Matsunami, who has worked for PWB for ten years and is new to hand soldering competitions, said that the rework portion of the event was new to him and very challenging. Despite the difficulty, he completed the challenge within the allotted time of 75 minutes, without a single error.  Matsunami was thrilled with the title, saying “I can’t believe it. I wonder if PWB will buy me a car?”

With a score of 628, Wenji Zhang, Jiangsu Jinling Mechanism Manufacture Factory, China, took second place and $500 USD. A novice to hand soldering who learned how to solder less than a year ago, Zhang did a great amount of research to find out how to do a quality job.  He says,” When I learned about IPC standards I learned more about hand soldering.” Asked to describe the competition in San Diego, Zhang stated, “It was much more difficult than I expected.” 

Third place and $250 USD were claimed by Le Van Linh, Spartronics Vietnam Co., Ltd, Vietnam, who earned 625 points out of a possible 634.  Linh stated that he was very happy with his victory, saying “It was the first time I have done a competition this difficult.”

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