Coming back to The NEC The IPC Hand Soldering Competition in association with Advanced Rework Technology LtdLtd will return to National Electronics Week from 12th-14th April 2016. The exhibition will run alongside the bi-annual MACH exhibition, Drives and Controls and 5 other manufacturing shows, culminating in the largest gathering of professionals in this sector in the UK. This means that with the extra footfall at the NEC this year we will be expecting the level of competitors to this feature to be even higher. It is at present unconfirmed whether Phillip Smith from CIL-UK will be returning to defend his title for 2016, however this year National Electronics Week will be offering cash prizes and a ticket to SMT Nuremberg 2017 for the winner to pit their skills against an international pool of experts. Participants will compete against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within a 45-minute time limit. Assemblies will be judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610F Class 3 criteria, the speed at which the assembly was produced and overall electrical functionality of the assembly. Debbie Wade and Mark Harvey both from Advanced Rework Technology Ltd will serve as the judges and the 2016 winners will be awarded on the last day of the expo (14th April) on the show floor by National Electronics Week Director, Claire Saunders. 'This is a fantastic opportunity for those with the set of skills required for such a precise talent can come and compete and converse with their peers and provide an opportunity for the visitors to see them in action' said Claire. ‘For the last 2 events winners have come from CIL-UK, I am sure they will be back with even more skill and speed – but can you beat them? Book your space now and find out. Claire adds ‘This is also a great PR opportunity for companies to display their products in a live environment and get people to use them first hand. If you would like to be a sponsor please give us a call at the office on + 44 1428 609 382. If you are interested in competing this year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and day and times which you will be attending the event so that you can be allocated a slot.