In cooperation with productronica 2021, IPC hosted a hand soldering competition on November 16-19. Skilled competitors — 21 hand soldering experts representing 14 electronics companies — demonstrated their expertise in hand soldering at the first-in-person trade show held in Germany since the onset of the COVID pandemic.

Allison Guermond of France’s Safran Fougères won first place, completing her board in 59 minutes with 552 points out of 558 possible points. Nathalie Foubert, also of Safran Fougères, came in second place, completing her board in 59 minutes and 10 seconds with 552 points out of 558 possible points. Third place went to Stéphanie Devy of Thalès Six GTS. She finished her board in 51 minutes, 45 seconds, scoring 545 points out of 558 possible points.