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102 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2019 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 The first-ever IPC Hand Soldering World Championship and Rework Competition took place on the show floor at IPC APEX EXPO 2019 live on January 29 and 30 in San Diego, California. The official competition roster boasted 12 competitors from around the globe including Britain, China, France, Germany, India, Indo- nesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Viet- nam. And the competition was close indeed. With less than 13 minutes separating all of the competitors' raw times, the competition direc- tor, IPC's Kris Roberson, commented that much of the final rankings boiled down to work accu- racy. The top three finishers, as announced by the competition judges were Le Van Linh, PERFECT SCORE: Hand Soldering at IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Ryosuke Matsunami Perfect score, first place

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