IPC Hand Soldering World Championship Winners Announced at electronica 2022

In conjunction with electronica 2022, IPC hosted its popular IPC Hand Soldering Competition World Championship in Munich, Germany November 15, 2022, welcoming 10 competitors from across the globe.    

Skilled contestants competed to build an assembly in accordance with IPC-A-610 – Class 3 criteria, and were judged on the functionality of the assembly, compliance with the assembly process, and overall product quality. Contestants were allowed a maximum of one hour to complete the process.

On the winner’s podium at electronica 2022 were:                                               

  • First Place: Eliane Chesnais, Thales, who received a score of 556 out of a possible 558 for her finished working board
  • Second place: Pauline Duval, Thales, who scored 551 points out of a possible 558 on her working board.
  • Third Place: Xiangchao Wang, Shenyang Railway Signal Co., Ltd. who received 550 points out of a possible 558 for his board.

For the first time in the Hand Soldering World Championship history, the top two winners came from the same company, Thales.

IPC thanks electronica 2022 for hosting the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship and is grateful to the sponsors for their generous support:

  • Gold sponsors: Hakko, Thales, and Ateliers System
  • Silver Sponsors: Optilia, Almit, Polygone CAO, SFM-Societe Francaise de Microscopie, Gest Labs, ETECH Training and Trainalytics

“IPC thanks and congratulates all the participants and their companies for their interest and for taking up the challenge,” said Philippe Leonard, IPC Europe director. “We look forward to seeing all of the regional competition first-place winners compete in the Hand Soldering World Championship next year.”

For more information on HSC competitions in Europe, contact Leonard at PhilippeLeonard@ipc.org.