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Balver Zinn/Cobar Group Sponsors the First IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition

Jan 24, 2012

The Balver Zinn/Cobar Group announces that it will sponsor the First IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition, scheduled to take place February 28-29, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

Lance Larrabee, General Manager of the U.S. Division, Cobar Solder Products, commented, “We are excited to see the turnout at the First Annual IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition. This has been a fun and successful competition at IPC Midwest in the past, and we look forward to a great competition at APEX.”

During the two-day hand soldering competition, companies will compete to build a functional electronics assembly in 30 minutes. Assemblies will be judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, the speed at which the assembly was produced and overall electrical functionality of assembly. IPC-A-610E Master Instructors will serve as the judges. The winner of the competition will move on to the Grand Championship, which will take place on Thursday, March 1, and will compete against the winner from the IPC Midwest Hand Soldering Competition.

Established more than 35 years ago, Balver Zinn GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned and operated company. Today, the company is among the leading providers of specialty anodes with various alloys as well as soft solders, specialty wires, solder paste, solder fluxes and related materials for the electronic assembly. All Balver Zinn/Cobar products yield excellent results in the printed board industry and are used in electronics, solar and electrical engineering, assembly applications.

The Balver Zinn/Cobar group has Sales Offices in Germany, Netherlands, USA, Singapore and distributors in all major areas of the world. For more information visit, or

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